About Gum Sculpting
Overlapping gum tissue can hide the teeth and create a look known as a "gummy grin". This condition can be effectively corrected with sculpting by use of a laser. Some dental practitioners call this as periodontal cosmetic surgery. At DentalWorks - Chicago Loop in Chicago, IL our dentists perform gum sculpting using a special laser to safely and effectively strip away excess gum tissue to reveal more of the tooth. While this procedure is sometimes labeled as a cosmetic treatment, gum reshaping also improves a patient's dental health by decreasing the risk of infection by removing areas where decay can hide. This helps in lowering the risk for periodontal problems.
"Dr. Patel is, hands down, one of the best dentists in Chicago. I haven't lived in Chicago since 2016 (I'm currently based in Boston) but I always fly back for my bi-yearly visits because I haven't been able to find anyone as amazing, nice, and honest as Dr. Patel. I've seen dentists who have lied that I needed to fill cavities that never existed or tried to convince me to get a $250 deep gum cleaning (whatever that is), but Dr. Patel has been always honest about the health of my teeth. I promise he's one of the good guys. Also, I saw a review here saying that Dr. Patel became upset when a patient said she would be seeking a second opinion... that seems like an exaggeration and frankly, a lie. I've done that twice to him in regards to a root canal procedure and a cavity fill, and he's always encouraged me to seek the opinions of other dentists."- N.L. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2018
"Excellent cleaning with Myella. Thanks for your patience!!!"- A.A. / Google / Sep 05, 2018
"Coming from someone that dislikes a normal dental experience I must say that the team at Dental Works really makes it truly enjoyable. Everyone is extremely professional and accomodating. Clean and techonologically advanced office."- G.D. / Google / Aug 08, 2018
"Very pleasant experience had a dental problem and was able to get in and be seen and treated in a timely effective manner"- M.C. / Google / Aug 01, 2018
"I chose DentalWorks because of the wonderful reviews that I read online. Dr. Patel is my dentist. He's kind and sensitive to the needs of the patient. I told him "I want my smile back...". With that, he devised a plan that I agreed to and have already gotten started on. Besides my initial visit for consultation and xrays. I've only had three visits to date. But I can truly say, I had "NO PAIN!" (Just pinch that come with deadening the gums which they treat first with a solution)Dr. Patel explains what he's doing as he works through the procedure. I couldn't tell a tooth had been extracted. I had several extractions and several fillings so far. When Dr. Patel comes in the room, he greets you and make you feel comfortable and tells you a lil about the procedure he's about to do. The cost for my plan is quite $$$... to have everything done. But in the end, its going to make me not only look better, but feel better about myself and that makes it worth it! The staff and assistants are very professional, kind and just nice people.Thank you, Dr. Patel for being kind, fun and putting me at ease during my visits. I'm happy I chose DentalWorks."- G.V. / Google / Jul 14, 2018
What to Expect
Gum contouring using laser technology can be done directly within our dental treatment room in Chicago, IL using a mild local anesthetic to decrease any pain or discomfort. Many patients have worry regarding a dental procedure, so our dentists are happy to offer sedation for patients who request it. The first step of the treatment process the teeth and gums will be thoroughly cleaned and dried and then the light from the laser will gently remove strips of the gum so that the gum's appearance appears natural and straight. This advanced laser technology at DentalWorks - Chicago Loop also works to eliminate bleeding and finalize the shape of the gums.
The gums may be inflamed and swollen for a couple of weeks following laser gum sculpting, but with daily brushing and flossing, the swelling will dissipate and the gums will recover quickly. Our dentists will go over the protocol along with possible medication to a rapid recovery. Professional cleanings and dental exams at DentalWorks - Chicago Loop are suggested to help keep healthy gums.
Laser gum sculpting may or may not be paid for under dental insurance. While it is labeled a cosmetic dental procedure, but some cases may require this treatment for oral hygiene purposes. The insurance coordinators at DentalWorks - Chicago Loop will investigate each patient's coverage to understand their total expenses.
Plan Your Procedure
More Tooth, Less Gum
Overgrown gum tissue can lead to an unattractive smile. Laser gum sculpting at DentalWorks - Chicago Loop in Chicago, IL can correct this dental deformity quickly without surgery. Not only will you get a pretty new smile, your oral health will also improve, minimizing the likelihood for gum disease. Schedule a consultation with our dentists for more information.