Laser Gum Contouring in Charlotte, NC

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Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but few people are born with perfectly shaped teeth and gums. If you were born with extra gum tissue that covers the surface of your teeth, creating a “gummy smile,” you’re not alone. The good news is that achieving a more visually appealing smile has never been easier or more convenient, thanks to laser gum contouring. Before scheduling your consultation with the friendly team at Luminous Dental, here’s what you need to know about laser gum contouring and how it might benefit you.

Gingival Recontouring in Charlotte NC

What is Gingival Recontouring?

Gingival recontouring, also known as gum contouring, is a cosmetic dental procedure done to shape or remove the soft tissue of a person’s gums. In the past, gum contouring was performed using dental instruments, such as a scalpel and sutures, but now lasers can be used to alter the appearance of the gums and provide many benefits, including:

  • Better precision
  • Minimally invasive technique
  • No sutures needed
  • Reduced bleeding, risk of infection, and swelling
  • Reduced discomfort during and after the procedure
  • Shorter healing time

Is Laser Gum Contouring Safe?

Undergoing a laser dental treatment may sound scary, but it shouldn’t be. Laser gum contouring is perfectly safe when performed by a trained, experienced dentist.  

Laser Gum Contouring Procedure Steps

Having your gum tissue contoured at the dentist couldn’t be easier. After applying local anesthetic to the appropriate location, Dr. Carli will use the Waterlase Dental Laser to remove excess gum tissue around your gum line, revealing longer-looking, even teeth. When laser energy and water molecules collide, this is how the gum tissue is “cut.” Due to this type of interaction, versus using a scalpel, bleeding is significantly reduced, and there is no need for sutures after the procedure. The process is quick and virtually pain-free. After the procedure is complete, you’ll be able to notice the results immediately.

Recovery Time for Laser Gum Recontouring

The first few days after your laser gum recontouring, your gums will likely be sensitive and tender. During this time, it’s best to stick to a diet of soft foods. It can take a few weeks for your gums to heal fully. Follow Dr. Carli’s aftercare instructions carefully to ensure your recovery process goes as quickly and smoothly.

Am I a Good Candidate for Gum Contouring?

Excessive gum tissue on your smile is rarely a cause for concern regarding your oral health, but it can certainly impact your confidence and how you present yourself to the world. If you’re tired of hiding your smile from others because it appears to be “gummy” but otherwise have good oral health, you could be a good candidate for a laser gum contouring treatment.

Laser Gingival Recontouring at Luminous Dental

How your smile looks can affect every other aspect of your life, including how you interact with others personally and professionally. For this reason, it’s worth improving the appearance of your teeth and gums if they’re preventing you from living your best life. At Luminous Dental, our experienced team can help you resolve your “gummy smile” in as little as one convenient dental appointment. Laser gum recontouring is a quick, effective, and comfortable way to remove excess gum tissue and reveal the beautiful teeth you’ve always wanted. Contact our Charlotte dental office today to schedule your consultation and learn more about how gingival recontouring could be the first step to improving your smile!