Laser Gum Contouring Can Help You Achieve a Balanced Grin with Negligible Discomfort

If you have excess gum tissue, it may conceal a portion of your teeth, detracting from your appearance and making your smile seem unbalanced or crooked. In these cases, Dr. Christopher Demille and Dr. David MacKay can perform laser gum contouring at their North Salt Lake and West Valley City, UT,  practice. By repositioning your gum line and exposing more of your teeth, our team can help you achieve a brighter and more vibrant smile. In turn, the procedure can enhance your other features and your sense of self-confidence. At Demille MacKay Dental, our advanced laser technology can make your treatment as fast and comfortable as possible. By using lasers, we can ensure that you will experience very little discomfort and reduce your recovery time. Additionally, these lasers are remarkably precise, helping us achieve stunning, personalized results.

Is Gum Contouring Right for You?

If you feel that your gums are overly large and make your teeth appear stunted or short, you may be a candidate for gum contouring. Similarly, the treatment can be an effective choice if your gum line is irregular or crooked. In a matter of minutes, this treatment can give you a bigger, more even smile with no need for extensive restorative treatment or orthodontic care. At the same time, gum contouring can also be a great way to supplement other cosmetic procedures for a dramatically improved grin.

By repositioning your gum line and exposing more of your teeth, our team can help you achieve a brighter and more vibrant smile. In turn, the procedure can enhance your other features and your sense of self-confidence.

To qualify for treatment, you should enjoy generally good oral health with no active gum disease. If you are suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis, Dr. Demille or Dr. MacKay can restore your candidacy with proper periodontal care. Prior to recommending the procedure, your dentist will conduct a thorough consultation to ensure gum contouring is the most appropriate procedure for your needs. 

The Gum Contouring Procedure

After determining that you are a good candidate for gum contouring, your dentist can begin planning your procedure. As with all our treatments, we want you to play an active role in this process. We will ask about your goals and show you where your new gum line will rest. Your dentist may even draw a line on your gums so you know specifically what you can expect.

Before and after gum contouring

Because gum contouring is minimally invasive, most patients typically require only local anesthesia. After numbing your gums, Dr. Demille or Dr. Mackay will trim away small amounts of gum tissue with a surgical laser. This state-of-the-art tool emits high-power energy, simultaneously sealing your blood vessels even as it sculpts your new gum line. Using this technology, your dentist can achieve highly precise results, and stitches are rarely required.

What Can Expect after Gum Contouring?

Due to the cauterizing effect of the laser, your recovery should be very quick. You may experience some slight sensitivity for a few days. Therefore, you should avoid spicy foods or foods that could irritate your gums. However, because there is generally no bleeding to control, you should be able to return to your normal activities immediately following treatment.

One of the most significant benefits of gum contouring is that the results are immediately apparent. Following the procedure, your smile could appear much bigger and more even. Most importantly, you could enjoy a much a greater sense of self-confidence when you share your newly enhanced grin with others.

Contact Our Office Today

To learn more about gum contouring and to begin planning your treatment, contact our office online today. You can also call Demille MacKay Dental at (801) 969-3025 for our West Valley City location or (801) 397-5262 for our North Salt Lake office.