WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR GUM CONTOURING?
Ideal candidates for laser gum surgery are patients looking to improve a gummy smile, asymmetrical gums, cleft gums, or enlarged gums. Proper dental health is necessary to be a candidate for gum reshaping surgery. A periodontist may need to treat structural damage to a tooth or area if present, before performing gum contouring surgery. Once any underlying health conditions have been treated, a periodontist can help determine if you are a candidate for gum contouring surgery.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY GUM CONTOURING TREATMENT?
To begin your gum contouring treatment, local anesthesia will be applied to numb the area being treated. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, excess gum tissue at the base of your teeth will be removed, typically using laser technology. Gum contouring may be performed on several teeth or, in more extensive cases, the whole smile. The main goal of gum reshaping surgery is to expose more of the hidden tooth structure to enhance the size, shape, and appearance of the teeth. Gum contouring surgery can create a more balanced smile. Gum contouring surgery is usually performed in less than an hour, but the length of a gum contouring treatment will depend on your specific needs.