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Gary A. Thodas & Kim X. Tran

Doctors of Dental Surgery

Gary A. Thodas & Kim X. Tran

Doctors of Dental Surgery

Gary A. Thodas & Kim X. Tran

Doctors of Dental Surgery

Laser gum cosmetic surgery

Even if a person has teeth that are straight, healthy, and symmetrical, the beauty of their smile may be diminished if the gum line is uneven or falls too far below the lip line. Many dentists refer to gums that extend too far down as a "gummy" smile. It can make the teeth look small and cause people to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles. Fortunately, a gummy smile can now be corrected with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as gum contouring.


Laser Gum Contouring Procedure

In our office, patients can have their gums sculpted to perfectly accent their smiles in a fast, simple, and virtually painless procedure.

To begin the laser gum recontouring process, the patient's mouth is numbed with a local anesthetic to eliminate any discomfort. Drs. Thodas or Tran will then use the laser to gently cut away excess gum tissue and sculpt a more uniform, scalloped gum line. Diode lasers cauterize while they cut, which means less bleeding and a dramatically reduced chance of infection for patients. The entire gum lifting procedure can be completed in just one brief visit to the dentist's office.


Laser Gum Contouring Recovery

A patient may experience sore or swollen gums for up to a week after gum therapy. The discomfort should be minimal and will not interfere with daily activities such as speaking, eating, or drinking. Avoid foods that are spicy or have seeds for a few days after surgery. When brushing and flossing your teeth, be sure to be as gentle as possible. If you feel discomfort, over the counter medication such as ibuprofen is recommended


 
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