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.
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.