Gingival sculpting, also known as gum sculpting or laser gum contouring, reveals more of a person’s teeth by removing extra gum tissue. At Impressions Dental in Chandler, AZ, Dr. Brigham Baker uses laser technology to perform gingival sculpting and create stunning smile makeovers.
How Gingival Sculpting Works
The goal of every gingival sculpting procedure is to reshape a patient’s gum line. Through this process, more tooth enamel is revealed and your Chandler cosmetic dentist can carefully craft a symmetrical, balanced smile with just the right amount of tooth showing. Here is what to expect from the process:
- Consultation: Every gum sculpting begins with a consultation to examine your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
- Prep: Only a local anesthetic is needed before the work begins.
- Sculpting: A laser is carefully moved around each tooth for the meticulous removal, trimming, and shaping of unwanted gum tissue. The entire process takes only about 30 minutes to complete.
What Happens After Laser Gum Contouring?
Once the excess gum tissue is removed, it is gone permanently and will never grow back. Though some gum sculpting is carried out as a standalone treatment to transform a gummy smile, many patients opt to get other cosmetic dentistry procedures done at the same time to enhance their smile even more.
The most common gum contouring partner is porcelain veneers. If your teeth are discolored, short, or flawed in any way, customized veneers will cover all the cosmetic problems and give you a bigger, brighter, whiter, more beautiful smile.
Some patients may think they’ll be satisfied with contouring alone, but revealing fresh white tooth enamel can make the previously visible part of your teeth look stained. Your Chandler dentist will recommend evening things out with professional teeth whitening, veneers, or other cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Benefits of a Laser Gum Lift
You could simply live with excess gum tissue, but if this is a characteristic that you do not happily embrace, knowing how easily it can be changed is an incredible relief. There is nothing wrong with excess gum tissue – some people embrace the look and their memorable smile. But so many people crave a bigger, better, balanced smile.
There are so many reasons to pursue gingival sculpting:
- Comfortable treatment
- Permanent results
- Allows for healthier teeth and gums
- Corrects uneven gum line
- Makes short teeth longer
- Immediate results
- Fast healing
This state-of-the-art treatment is done by your experienced Chandler cosmetic dentist, who has the eye and the skills to conservatively trim away unwanted gum tissue and deliver a reshaped smile that has a favorable gum-to-tooth ratio.
Is Gingival Sculpting Right for You?
There are several possible reasons behind excess gum tissue:
- Enlarged gums
- Poorly erupted teeth
- Short upper lip
- High upper lip
- Overgrown upper jaw
These characteristics are all the result of DNA. Your mouth and teeth simply developed the way they were always going to develop. Even people who have gotten orthodontics are still unhappy with the appearance of their gummy smile. But now you have a say in what amount and what shape of gum tissue you have.
Laser gum contouring allows your dentist – and you – to decide just how much gum tissue you want showing when you smile. There is no right answer to this, but there is an amount of tissue that makes you feel like the best version of yourself.
Say “Yes” to Laser Gum Contouring in Chandler, AZ
Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your gummy smile when you look in the mirror, use video chats, or see yourself in photos? Don’t be ashamed to show off your teeth or self-conscious about your smile. Contact Impressions Dental in Chandler, AZ to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation and find out if gingival sculpting is right for you.