Gum Contouring

A close up of a person's smile after gum contouring

If you suffer from excess or uneven gum tissue, gum contouring may the effective solution you need. Drs. Donald Kahn, Daniel Aldieri, and Angela Ferrari use the most advanced laser techniques to remove excess gum tissue for a more symmetrical smile. Lasers result in much faster healing times and reduce your risk of infection and other complications. Also known as gum reshaping, gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that we use to help improve the proportions of your smile. The procedure is virtually painless and our laser techniques ensure precision unmatched by any other method. We can assess your candidacy for gum contouring during a consultation at our Farmingdale, NY, office.

Candidacy

If you have what many refer to as a “gummy smile," meaning excess tissue covers your teeth, you may be a candidate for gum contouring. With this procedure, we can remove the excess gum tissue to reveal more of your teeth for a healthier, more charismatic look. We must first verify that you are free of any tooth decay or gum disease. If you are in good overall oral health, we can proceed with gum contouring.

How is the Procedure Performed?

We can typically complete the gum contouring procedure in just one appointment. Using a special pen, we will carefully outline your new gum line. Once this line is to your satisfaction, we can begin. To ensure a virtually painless experience, we will apply a local anesthetic to your gums. Once your gums are numb, we will use the laser to trim away the excess gum tissue. The use of the laser minimizes bleeding during the procedure, lowering your risk of infection. It seals the tissue as it incises, so patients require no sutures afterwards.

Our dentists are experts in laser gum contouring and can ensure your new smile helps you experience an entirely new level of self-confidence and satisfaction.

You will experience some swelling and soreness for about a week following your gum contouring. For the first few days, we recommend eating soft foods and avoiding foods that are spicy or have seeds. You can take an over-the-counter pain medication to ease any discomfort. Brush and floss your teeth much more gently than normal until your gums have healed.

Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring

Laser gum contouring is safer, more comfortable, and more precise than the traditional method of trimming gum tissue with a scalpel. With laser gum contouring, you can expect a beautifully scalloped gum line that better frames your smile. Having a more proportionate and symmetrical gum line creates a more attractive smile that can boost your self-confidence. Additionally, laser gum contouring can help you to floss more effectively, reducing your risk of periodontal disease and other complications.

For even more dramatic results, we can combine your gum contouring procedure with another cosmetic procedure. Many patients choose to have their teeth whitened or receive porcelain veneers to address any other cosmetic concerns.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you feel self-conscious about your “gummy” or uneven smile, message our dental office today or call (516) 249-1188 to schedule a cosmetic consultation. Our dentists are experts in laser gum contouring and can ensure your new smile helps you experience an entirely new level of self-confidence and satisfaction.

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