Dentist Seattle: Laser Gum Reshaping
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.
What is laser gum reshaping?
We offer our patients only the most modern technology. Your dentist in Seattle 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. Caggiano can also use lasers to perform a frenectomy, removing the excess tag of skin that connects your upper lip to your gums.
What is the process for laser gum reshaping?
When you come for your laser gum reshaping appointment, your dentist in Seattle 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 gumline 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 Seattle 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.
What are the advantages of laser gum reshaping?
The laser used by your dentist in Seattle 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 Seattle) still use a local anesthetic to numb the area, to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
Are you considering laser gum reshaping with a dentist in Seattle?
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 Seattle 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.