Gum Recountouring

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Do you have a “gummy” smile? This occurs when your gums cover a significant portion of your teeth, causing teeth to appear too long or too short.

Do you have uneven gums? This also can leave a person feeling unhappy about his or her smile.

Whether your gums rest too low or too high or are uneven, a laser treatment to recontour your gums can be the easiest solution to a beautiful smile. Laser gum recontouring is one of the cutting-edge cosmetic procedures offered at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry.

A gummy smile can be caused by an abnormal eruption of teeth, hyperactive upper lip muscles, or improper growth of the jaw. A gummy smile can have more than just cosmetic consequences; they can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean, which increase the risk of tooth decay and tooth loss.

Laser versus traditional method of gum surgery

In previous years, the only way to correct a gummy smile was by reducing the prominence of the gums through the use of a scalpel. As you can imagine, having a scalpel cut directly into the soft tissue of the gums results in a higher level of discomfort, and a longer recovery time. Plus, traditional gum surgery can only be performed on a few teeth at a time, unlike when using a laser.

Laser gum recontouring offers these benefits:

  • Less pain
  • Faster procedure
  • Less recovery time
  • Less bleeding
  • Multiple teeth can be treated in one appointment

Post-op care with laser surgery

You may encounter soreness for up to a week following a laser gum recontouring procedure, but you can continue to eat and drink as you normally would. We also suggest using an oral hygiene rinse. Any post-procedure pain is typically minimal, but can usually be managed by taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen.

Want to learn more about gum recontouring? Call our office at (831) 438-4411 to schedule an appointment.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.