Laser Gum Contouring Greensboro
Laser Gum Contouring
Cosmetic dentistry is all about giving you the smile you’ve always wanted. While most of the treatments naturally focus on your teeth, sometimes the key to a beautiful smile is actually not your teeth at all, but your gums.
Do you think your smile is too “gummy”? If so, you’re not alone.
Many people are happy with the shape, appearance, and color of their teeth, but wish their gums could be improved. For this, Dr. Farless offers laser gum contouring and reshaping, a state-of-the-art procedure in which a laser is used to sculpt your gums. It can be the perfect finishing touch to complete your cosmetic dentistry treatments and give you a perfect smile!
Gum Reshaping in Greensboro NC
What is Gum Contouring Surgery?
Even though you might have heard of gum reshaping and contouring, you may not be clear on precisely how Dr. Farless can reshape your smile.
The gum contouring treatment begins as most treatments begin: with a thorough assessment of your smile and a conversation between you and the dentist about your smile goals. Based on these two things, Dr. Farless will customize a treatment plan specific to your needs.
After applying a local anesthetic to numb your gums, Dr. Farless will skillfully trim away excess tissue using a precision soft tissue laser to expose more of your teeth and create an even, aesthetically pleasing gum line. Unlike a surgical scalpel, the laser both trims and seals the wound, so no stitches are necessary and recovery time is minimized.
Dr. Farless will answer any questions you may have, and provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure you can fully recover from your gum contouring procedure and start enjoying your brand-new smile!
Frequently Asked Questions about Gum Contouring
Does gum contouring hurt?
Dr. Farless and his team work tirelessly to make every part of your experience as comfortable as possible. While the procedure itself should be pain free, it is common to experience some tenderness while recovering from your gum reshaping procedure. The pain is controllable with over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen (such as Tylenol™) or ibuprofen (such as Advil™). However, it’s important not take aspirin products, as these thin the blood, leading to excess bleeding.
Will my insurance cover the cost of gum contouring?
As a cosmetic procedure, gum contouring costs are not typically covered by dental insurance plans, though in certain cases, a procedure to trim infected gum tissue due to complications from decay or periodontal disease may merit special consideration. Every case is different, so a gum contouring treatment’s cost will be based on your particular needs. As with all procedures, Dr. Farless’ team will work with you to maximize any benefits you are due, and several financing options are available. Talk to Dr. Farless’ business team for more details.
What causes uneven gums in the first place?
Certain health problems, genetics, or even prescription drugs can all contribute to the size and shape of your soft gum tissue. When this tissue covers a large part of your teeth, it can make the teeth appear small. Gums that recede due to decay or periodontal disease can have the opposite effect, leading to teeth that appear too long. No matter what you want to change about your smile, Dr. Farless can offer treatment options so you can improve your look.
What to Expect and Aftercare
After your laser gum contouring surgery procedure from Dr. Farless, you’ll be back doing your normal activities the very same day, and you’ll instantly be able to see the results.
Your recovery can last anywhere from a few days to two weeks. While recovering, you can manage pain with simple over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen-based pain relievers (like Tylenol™) or ibuprofen-based pain relievers (like Advil™). It’s important to avoid pain relievers containing aspirin, however, as these can lead to excess bleeding.
In order for your gums to heal properly, be careful what you eat during recovery. Watch out for hard or crunchy foods with pointy edges, as well as foods that tend to get stuck in your teeth, such as popcorn or food with small seeds. These can lead to discomfort and, in the worst cases, infection.
It’s also vital to practice good dental hygiene while recovering to avoid infection. However, treat your gums gently when flossing and brushing. Dr. Farless may also recommend a mouthwash product to help keep your gums clean during healing.