About Gum Sculpting
Overlapping gum tissue can hide the teeth and create a condition known as a "gummy grin". This condition can be efficiently corrected with sculpting by use of a laser. Some dental practitioners call this as periodontal cosmetic surgery. At DentalWorks - Aurora in Aurora, IL our dentists perform gum sculpting using a highly technical laser to safely and effectively strip away excess gum tissue to present more of the tooth. While this procedure is sometimes labeled as a cosmetic treatment, gum contouring also improves a patient's dental health by limiting the risk of infection by removing areas where decay can hide. This helps in lowering the risk for periodontal problems.
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What to Expect
Gum contouring using laser technology can be completed directly within our dental treatment room in Aurora, IL using a mild local anesthetic to control any pain or discomfort. Many patients have worry regarding a dental procedure, so our dentists are available to offer sedation for patients who request it. The first step of the treatment process the teeth and gums will be thoroughly cleaned and dried and then the light from the laser will delicately remove strips of the gum so that the gum's appearance appears smooth and even. This advanced laser technology at DentalWorks - Aurora also assists to eliminate bleeding and finalize the shape of the gums.
The gums may be swollen and inflamed for a couple of weeks following gum reshaping, but with daily brushing and flossing, the swelling will dissipate and the gums will recover quickly. Our dentists will go over the protocol along with possible medication to a rapid recovery. Professional cleanings and dental exams at DentalWorks - Aurora are suggested to help keep healthy gums.
Laser gum sculpting may or may not be paid for under dental insurance. Even though it is labeled a cosmetic dental procedure, but some cases may require this treatment for oral hygiene purposes. The insurance coordinators at DentalWorks - Aurora will research each patient's coverage to understand their total expenses.
Plan Your Procedure
More Tooth, Less Gum
Overgrown gum tissue can lead to an unattractive smile. Gum contouring at DentalWorks - Aurora in Aurora, IL can correct this dental deformity efficiently without surgery. Not only will you get a attractive new smile, your oral health will also improve, minimizing the likelihood for gum disease. Schedule a consultation with our dentists for more information.