Picture a beautiful smile: how would you describe it? For many people, they imagine white, straight teeth — but your teeth are just one part of a smile! An even gum line can make a big difference in the overall appearance of a smile. Gum lines that are too low, or asymmetrical, can negatively affect the overall impact of your smile — obscuring even the most beautiful of teeth. “Gummy” smiles are smiles that show a significant amount of gum tissue, and are often caused by genetics. A gummy smile can also make teeth appear smaller than they truly are by obstructing a portion of the tooth’s surface below gum tissue. To correct this issue safely and comfortably, Dr. Mike and Dr. Jeremy Frith offer laser gum recontouring treatment as a cosmetic dentistry service at Masterpiece Smiles in St. Louis, MO.
Are you unhappy with the appearance of your gummy smile? Are you interested in learning more about laser gum recontouring? If you are living in the St. Louis area and are looking for an experienced, highly-skilled cosmetic dental team, look no further than Masterpiece Smiles. Dr. Mike Frith was the first dentist in St. Louis accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. You can rest assured that cosmetic treatments at Masterpiece Smiles will be of the upmost quality and precision. Contact us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation!
What can I expect with laser gum recontouring?
During this cosmetic procedure, Dr. Mike or Dr. Jeremy Frith will remove excess gum tissue and reshape the gumline to create symmetrical, aesthetic gums. Our practice uses a special dental laser that greatly reduces discomfort and bleeding for patients, and actually speeds the healing process. As a result, your gum recontouring procedure will be less invasive thanks to advanced laser technology.
Before Dr. Mike or Dr. Jeremy Frith begin the procedure, they will numb the gum area with a local anesthetic to further increase comfort during treatment. Our practice also offers options sedatives that can help improve a nervous or anxious patient’s experience in the dental chair. Next, your dentist will create a small incision where he can begin the gum removal and reshaping process using the dental laser. This treatment can be completed in one visit to our St. Louis practice.
How long will it take my gums to heal?
While dental lasers have dramatically decreased the time and discomfort associated with gum recontouring, it’s still important to be gentle with your gums the first couple days or weeks after the procedure. Every patient’s gums heal a little differently, so the recovery process could take just a couple days or a couple weeks.
Our team will provide post-procedure instructions for you which can help you experience a faster, more comfortable recovery. We advise our patients to stay away from spicy or seed-filled foods until after the gums have fully healed, and to brush very gently for the first few days to avoid irritating the vulnerable gum tissue. Though discomfort during recovery should be minimal, over-the-counter pain medications can be taken as needed.
Benefits of Treatment
Patients who receive gum contouring treatment receive many cosmetic benefits, such as:
- A new, natural-looking, and even gumline.
- Improved confidence when smiling and speaking.
- Fast results with minimal recovery time.
In addition, an improved gum line can often reduce a patient’s risk for periodontal disease and tooth decay. If a patient desires additional cosmetic treatment, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding, it’s often easier to receive treatment once a gummy smile has been resolved.
Laser Gum Recontouring in St. Louis, MO
When you say goodbye to your gummy smile, you can say hello to greater confidence in your smile. If your gums leave you feeling unhappy with the appearance of your smile, let our practice help! For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact us at 636.394.5200.