Laser Gum Contouring Can Create an Attractive Frame for Your Smile
When gum tissue extends too far down teeth, it can detract from the appearance of a smile and complicate certain restorative treatments. Fortunately, Dr. Daniel Whiteman offers gum contouring at his Brookline, MA, practice to eliminate excess gum tissue and enhance the overall beauty of your smile. Unlike many other dentists who perform gum contouring using a blade, Dr. Whiteman uses an innovative soft-tissue laser for enhanced precision and minimized discomfort. To learn more about the unique benefits of laser gum contouring, schedule a consultation with Dr. Whiteman today.
Candidates for Gum Contouring
If you are in relatively good oral health, you are likely a good candidate for laser gum contouring. This versatile treatment can be used to:
- Treat a gummy smile: Some patients naturally have excess gum tissue that extends far down the surface of teeth. As a result, healthy teeth can appear overly worn or stubby, and this may also make it more difficult to maintain good oral health. In these cases, Dr. Whiteman can use gum contouring to carefully eliminate overgrown tissue for a scalloped and attractive look.
- Correct an uneven gum line: When gum tissue grows long on one area of a smile, teeth can appear to be irregularly sized. Laser gum contouring offers an effective way to bring uniformity to an uneven gum line and create a beautiful frame for a smile.
- Prepare a tooth for crowning: A dental crown is a durable cap that completely covers the surface of a damaged tooth. If the tooth has too much gum tissue on its surface, this can preclude the patient from treatment. As a solution, we can use our soft-tissue laser to create sufficient surface area for the placement of a dental crown.
Dr. Whiteman will examine your teeth and gums and discuss your goals during a personal consultation to determine if laser gum contouring is right for you.
Instead of using a blade, Dr. Whiteman will use the WaterLase® dental laser, which eliminates the need for sutures.
Benefits of Using a Soft-tissue Laser
In the past, gum contouring could only be performed with a metal scalpel. After undergoing this traditional procedure, patients receive sutures and have to regularly change gauzes. Fortunately, modern dental technology has revolutionized gum surgery. Instead of using a blade, Dr. Whiteman will use the WaterLase® dental laser, which eliminates the need for sutures. Not only is the laser extremely precise, but it also seals tissue as it cuts, so most patients experience little or no bleeding during or after treatment. The entire procedure can be completed during a single appointment, and the results are considered permanent. After your gums have healed, they will require no special care; simply brush and floss regularly and attend six-month checkups and cleanings.
Contact Us to Learn More
At Whiteman Dental Associates, we utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide patients with the highest quality treatments. If excess gum tissue is diminishing your confidence in your appearance or preventing you from receiving a dental crown, gum contouring may offer an effective and minimally invasive solution. Contact our practice today to learn more about the benefits of laser gum contouring with Dr. Whiteman.