About Gum Sculpting
Overlapping gum flesh can hide the top of the teeth and create a condition known as a "gummy grin". This dental concern can be efficiently fixed with sculpting by use of a laser. Many dental practitioners refer to this as periodontal cosmetic surgery. At DentalWorks - Irving Park in Chicago, IL our dentists perform gum contouring using a highly technical laser to easily and safely strip away excess gum flesh to present more of the tooth. While this service is sometimes labeled as an aesthetic treatment, gum contouring also helps a patient's dental health by limiting the risk of infection by removing areas where bacteria can hide. This helps in lowering the chance for periodontal problems.
What to Expect
Gum contouring using laser technology can be completed directly inside our dental treatment room in Chicago, IL using a light local anesthetic to control any discomfort. It is common for patients to have worry regarding a dental treatment, so our dentists are available to offer sedation for individuals who request it. The first step of the treatment process the gums and tooth enamel will be rinsed and thoroughly dried and then the light from the laser will delicately remove strips of gum tissue so that the gum's appearance looks smooth and even. This advanced laser technology at DentalWorks - Irving Park also assists to eliminate bleeding and seal the shape of the gumline.
The gums may be swollen and inflamed for a couple of weeks following gum reshaping, but with consistent brushing and flossing, the swelling will dissipate and the gums will recover quickly. Our dentists will discuss the protocol along with possible antibiotics to a rapid recovery. Professional cleanings and dental exams at DentalWorks - Irving Park are suggested to help keep healthy gums.
A laser contouring treatment for the gums may or may not be paid for under insurance. Even though it is considered an aesthetic dental procedure, but some cases may need this treatment for dental care purposes. The insurance coordinators at DentalWorks - Irving Park will research each patient's coverage to understand their out-of-pocket expenses.
Plan Your Procedure
More Tooth, Less Gum
Overgrown gum tissue can lead to an unattractive smile. Gum contouring at DentalWorks - Irving Park in Chicago, IL can improve this dental deformity efficiently without surgery. In addition to getting a attractive new smile, your oral health will also improve, decreasing the likelihood for periodontal disease. Contact us to schedule an appointment with our dentists for more information.