The appearance of the teeth has a huge impact on your smile, with many people wanting to fix stains, chips, crooked teeth, and other cosmetic issues with the teeth. However, the teeth aren’t the only factor; the appearance of the gums is also important in a great smile. For some people, the gums cover too much of the teeth. This can make the teeth look too small, and the smile may appear “too gummy.” For others, the gum tissue is uneven, resulting in an asymmetrical smile. There are various factors that can result in excess gum tissue, including genetics and certain medications.
We offer our patients only the most modern technology. Your dentist in Kirkland now offers gum reshaping using a laser. This concentrated beam of light can be used to remove excess tissue and even out your gum line. The laser is extremely precise and seals off blood vessels, so you will experience minimal discomfort and post-treatment sensitivity. Dr. Razoumovich can also use lasers to perform a frenectomy, removing the excess tag of skin that connects your upper lip to your gums.
When you come for your laser gum reshaping appointment, your dentist in Kirland will discuss exactly how much gum tissue will be removed. There may be a line drawn on your gums with pen, to indicate where the new gum line will be; this allows you and your dentist to be in complete agreement about what the final result should be.
You’ll be given a local anesthetic for your comfort. You’ll wear special glasses to ensure that your eyes are protected from the laser. Then your dentist in Kirkland will begin your laser gum reshaping, using the laser to remove excess gum tissue.
Once the anesthetic wears off, your gums may feel a bit sore and swollen for up to a week. This is usually mild, and you’ll still be able to eat and drink. You’ll notice results from the procedure right away.
The laser used by your dentist in Kirkland is very precise. It’s able to target only the excess tissue that you want removed, with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues.
Additionally, the laser creates a numbing effect on the nerves and seals off blood vessels. That means there’s minimal discomfort during laser gum reshaping. However, most dentists (including your dentist in Kirkland) still use a local anesthetic to numb the area, to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
If you have concerns about the appearance of your gums, and would like to consider laser gum reshaping, then you should visit a dentist in Kirkland to get personalized advice on what the procedure could offer you and what other options you might want to consider. Dr. Mark Caggiano offers this procedure along with many other cosmetic dentistry options. He also offers sedation dentistry, which helps people who feel anxious about dental appointments to relax while they’re at the dentist’s office. That could help you get the dental treatment you need in a much more pleasant way. To schedule your appointment to meet Dr. Caggiano, contact us.
Dr. Arkadi Razoumovitch, DDS provides cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Razoumovich received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Washington. He has had extensive post-graduate training, including residency training at the University of California Los Angeles, and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Razoumovich makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles