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Contour Your Gum Lines for an Improved Smile

To most, the primary components of a great smile are brightness and symmetry—that is pearly white teeth that are not crooked or misaligned. However, the appearance and positioning of the gum line is often overlooked in the element of a smile. Gums that cover too much or too little of the teeth, and/or are unevenly positioned across their length can impact the overall aesthetics of your smile. For example, gums that cover too much of the teeth can make them look unusually small. Or, gums that do not cover enough can make the teeth appear unusually large and expose the teeth’s roots. Uneven gum lines can make the teeth appear uneven in length and individual teeth odd sized relative to the others.

Dentists have long utilized surgical contouring to change the shape of people’s misshapen gums. In recent years, dental professionals have increasingly turned to laser gum contouring as the preferred gum reconditioning method. Cosmetic laser gum contouring is offered to Marco Island, Florida-area residents at Island Tower Dentistry.

Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring Over Surgery

Among the benefits of laser gum contouring over traditional surgical contouring with a scalpel are:

  • Better surgical accuracy
  • More even gum line
  • Less discomfort during procedure
  • Less bleeding due to procedure
  • Reduced need for sutures
  • Quicker recovery with less discomfort and bleeding

Your Laser Gum Contouring at Island Tower Dentistry

Your laser gum contouring treatment at Island Tower Dentistry starts with a full assessment of your teeth and gums, along with discussion about the aesthetic goals you would like to achieve through the procedure. If you are experiencing any unresolved dental issues, such as tooth decay or periodontal disease, its often advised to resolve these issues first.

The procedure begins with a gentle application of numbing anesthesia in the gum areas to be sculpted. The laser is targeted along the gum lines to sculpt it to the desired shape and symmetry, as discussed during your initial consultation. Most patients report minimal discomfort, if any. You can immediately see the results at the conclusion of the procedure. There is no downtime and you can return to your normal daily activities after leaving our dental offices, though a soft-food diet will likely be recommended for a couple of days after the procedure.

Contact Island Tower Dentistry for Your Laser Gum Contouring

The dental-care experts at Island Tower Dentistry have offered gum contouring as part of its practice at their Marco Island, Florida offices for more than 25 years. To learn more about how the Island Tower team can help you improve your smile with laser gum contouring, or to address any other oral health concern, contact us today at 239-394-1004 to make an appointment!

We’ll Keep Your Smile Looking Beautiful

  • 606 Bald Eagle Dr. Ste 200, Marco Island, Florida 34145
  • Monday through Thursday | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Closed Fridays | Call our office for emergencies

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