Reshape Your Smile
Having a unique gumline is normal, as everyone's anatomy is different. It can be high, low, or uneven and may even cause self-consciousness. Fortunately, there are ways to alter the gumline. At our practice in Aliso Viejo Gum Contouring, also called gingival sculpting or gingivoplasty, is an effective technique that can reshape the gumline. If you have gum-related issues that impact your oral health, Reza A. Tafreshi, DDS, may suggest this procedure to help improve your condition.
A Light Touch
Gum reshaping, also referred to as Gum Contouring, gingival sculpting, or gingivoplasty, is a dental procedure that involves either the removal or addition of gum tissue, depending on the patient's requirements. In cases where the gum line extends too far down, a cosmetic dentist or periodontist trims away excess gum tissue. Conversely, for patients with receding gums or a gum line that is higher than usual, tissue is attached from another area, typically the upper palate.
For Healthier Gums
Gum contouring is commonly performed for aesthetic purposes, with patients desiring to enhance their smile by modifying their gum line, especially after undergoing teeth straightening. In some cases, however, a dentist may recommend laser gum reshaping for medical reasons.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is typically treated through deep cleaning techniques such as scaling and root planing, and antibiotics. In more severe cases, the periodontist may suggest pocket reduction surgery or regeneration therapy, which involves grafting gum tissue. Gum contouring is usually a part of both these procedures.
Gingival hyperplasia, an overgrowth of gum tissue that can lead to pain and redness, may be caused by various factors like pregnancy, diabetes, Crohn's disease, or certain medications. If the gums don't return to their normal state after the underlying condition is treated, gum contouring surgery may be recommended.
Ridge augmentation is a type of laser gum therapy that involves filling in the sunken area of the gum caused by a missing tooth. This treatment can be done in combination with a dental bridge or implant.
A Confident Smile
If you are interested in gum contouring in Aliso Viejo, CA, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our experienced and knowledgeable dental team. During the consultation, we will evaluate your oral health and discuss your concerns and goals for gingivoplasty. Our team will explain the procedure in detail, including the use of laser technology, and answer any questions you may have. We will also provide you with information on the recovery process and aftercare instructions. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of care and help you achieve a healthy and confident smile. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
Less Invasive and More Precise
Gum Contouring is a common procedure that can be carried out at a regular dental or periodontist clinic. It typically involves a local anesthetic to numb the gums before using a high-powered laser or scalpel to remove any excess gum tissue or to add to the gum line. In some cases, small pieces of tissue are taken from the palate and attached along the top of the teeth. Depending on the size of the incision, sutures may be required.
The Gum Contouring procedure usually lasts between one to two hours, and patients typically report experiencing little to no pain, thanks to the effectiveness of the anesthetic. In the past, gum surgery was performed using a scalpel, but the introduction of laser technology has made it the preferred option for several reasons. The use of laser instruments enables a less invasive and more precise cut, and the incision can be better targeted. Additionally, there is often less bleeding, and sometimes sutures aren't needed as the laser both cuts and cauterizes the area at the same time. Patients also tend to experience less pain and recover more quickly after Gum Contouring.
The length of recovery time after Gum Contouring surgery depends on the amount of gum tissue that was affected. Patients can expect some discomfort and tenderness immediately after the procedure, which can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications. However, regular aspirin is not recommended, as it can increase bleeding and interfere with the healing process. A cold compress can also help ease any pain.
During the days following the surgery for Gum Contouring Aliso Viejo patients should stick to soft foods, and the dentist may provide specific recommendations about what to avoid. They may also offer guidance about brushing and flossing, as the usual routine may be difficult or painful at first.
Although every surgery carries some risks, the risks associated with Gum Contouring are minimal. Patients could potentially have an allergic reaction to the anesthetic, but dentists are typically aware of any previous dental work and will use a safe anesthetic.
Patients should be on the lookout for pain and swelling that does not subside or worsens, as well as any discharge at the incision site, as these could be signs of infection. In such cases, patients should contact their dentist right away, as they will likely prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection.
Recovery time can vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Generally, Gum Contouring patients can expect some soreness and sensitivity for a few days to a couple of weeks after the surgery.
Yes, Gum Contouring can be used to treat gummy smiles. By removing excess gum tissue, the teeth can appear longer, creating a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Most patients report little to no pain during the Gum Contouring procedure, thanks to the use of local anesthesia. However, some discomfort and sensitivity may be experienced during the recovery period.
Patients should avoid hard, crunchy, or spicy foods for several days after the procedure. It's best to stick to soft, cool, and bland foods that won't irritate the gums.
Yes, laser gum contouring can help with tooth sensitivity by removing the thin layer of gum tissue that covers the root of the tooth. This can reduce or eliminate sensitivity caused by receding gums.
Yes, laser gum contouring is considered a safe and effective procedure. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are some risks, such as infection or allergic reactions to the anesthesia. It's important to discuss any concerns with your dentist or periodontist.
The cost of laser gum contouring can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the location of the dental practice. It's best to consult with your dentist or periodontist to determine the exact cost. It's important to note that some insurance plans may cover the cost of the procedure if it's deemed medically necessary.
We are dedicated to providing comprehensive oral health treatment to all our patients. Our team, led by Dr. Tafreshi, believes that a solid doctor-patient relationship is built on mutual trust and respect. We work closely with each patient to establish a lifelong partnership and provide personalized treatment plans. We want you to feel empowered in making decisions about your oral health. Don't let dental care be a luxury out of reach; we believe a beautiful smile is easily achievable for everyone. Schedule an appointment today, and let us help you achieve your dental goals.
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