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Gum Reshaping in Washington, DC

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what is gum reshaping?

A gummy smile can diminish a cosmetic dentistry patient’s smile even if he or she has beautiful, healthy teeth and can make the patient feel self-conscious. A gummy smile can make teeth look small with the gum line looking uneven or falling too far below the lip line. Since gums serve as a natural frame for the teeth, they should complement a patient’s teeth. At Washington Center for Dentistry, our dentists use laser gum reshaping to improve a gummy smile in a gentle, painless procedure. The dentists will re-contour the gums through advanced dental laser technology that does not require numbing. This treatment is often performed along with other cosmetic procedures like bonding, porcelain crowns and veneers in our Washington, DC office.

What Causes Uneven Gums?

Uneven gums can mean that your gums look too high or too low in comparison to your teeth. Common causes are genetics, certain prescription drug usage or could be attributed to a health problem. For example, gum recession makes gums appear too high and occurs when gum tissue pulls back from a tooth, revealing the root of the tooth. This can result in serious issues like tooth loss and decay and could be a sign of the more serious periodontal (gum) disease.

how long is recovery After Gum Reshaping?

Since it can take from a few days up to a few weeks for your gums to fully heal following gum reshaping, you should follow your dentist’s instructions carefully. Some common instructions are to take over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol® or Advil® to alleviate pain. A patient should avoid aspirin since it can cause bleeding. You should also eat soft foods after surgery and avoid foods with seeds or anything spicy until gums have completely healed. 

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Gum Reshaping FAQ

Does gum reshaping hurt?

No, it doesn't. Because of the advanced laser technology used for gum reshaping, it is a gentler, pain-free procedure that, in most cases, doesn't even require an anesthetic.

Is laser gum reshaping safe?

A laser gum reshaping procedure is considered one of the safest minor surgical procedures you can have with little to no risk of complications for the vast majority of patients. Before your procedure at Washington Center for Dentistry, we will go over your medical history and current health to ensure you're a good candidate for laser gum reshaping.

How long is recovery after gum reshaping?

Depending on the extent of your procedure, gum health, and your body's healing ability, recovery after gum reshaping can take three days to three weeks.

Is gum reshaping permanent?

Yes, for most people, a gum reshaping procedure is permanent since the gums typically don't grow back after the procedure.

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Reshape a beautiful smile

Puffy, uneven gums are not only unattractive, but they can dampen self-esteem. If your gums cause you to hide your smile, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to visit our Washington, DC dental office to learn more about gum reshaping. This safe and state-of-the-art procedure uses the power of laser technology to transform the appearance of your gums. This is the perfect procedure to get you smiling and keep you smiling with your new, healthier-looking gum line. If you want more information, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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