Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
Are your gums affecting the way your smile looks? If so, the expert Nashville area cosmetic dentists at Devine Dentistry can improve the appearance of your smile by performing a laser gum recontouring procedure.
What is laser gum recontouring?
A gum recontouring procedure is performed using our precise dental laser, which can be used to perform a wide variety of our soft-tissue procedures. When applied, this laser can resolve appearance issues with your gums. For example, if your gums are resulting in a “gummy” smile because they cover an inordinate amount of your teeth, laser gum recontouring can reshape the appearance of your gums to provide you with a more symmetrical smile.
What is laser dentistry?
Our dental laser can perform a variety of soft-tissue procedures in less time and with more accuracy than other methods. The laser emits a highly concentrated beam of light that is directed through fiber optics, and then aimed into your mouth in the specific treatment area. Our dental laser is low-powered, allowing the Belle Meade dentists at Devine Dentistry to use the device on even extremely delicate procedures with more precision than traditional surgical methods involving the use of a scalpel. In fact, the laser is so precise that it can make incisions that are just a few nanometers deep.
What can I expect during a laser recontouring procedure?
In addition to being low-powered, our soft tissue laser does not emit any sounds, although you may hear a rush of air from a suction tube that is used to maintain cool and clean conditions in the area of the mouth that is being treated.
When used in a gum recontouring procedure, the dental laser vaporizes any excess gum tissue and instantly cauterizes the incisions. This minimizes bleeding, as well as any post-procedure discomfort. The risk of infection also is much lower, as the light and heat emitted by the laser destroy any bacteria that may be present in the mouth.
After the procedure, your gums may be tender for several days or more. Maintain a diet of soft, cool foods and drinks in the first few days following a gum recontouring procedure. We also recommend swishing gently with an oral rinse for a few days following your procedure as part of your oral hygiene routine.
Is gum recontouring right for me?
Your gums must be healthy in order to undergo a gum recontouring procedure. That means that if you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from gum disease—an infection of the tissue in your gums—that disease must be treated first before a cosmetic treatment such as laser gum recontouring can take place. This is to ensure the longevity of your cosmetic dental procedure.
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Ready to learn more about how we can use laser dentistry to improve the appearance of your gums and mouth? Call the Nashville office of Devine Dentistry today at 615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.
Devine Dentistry is here to serve patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, Tennessee.