Excessive gum tissue can cause teeth to look overly gummy and undersized, while an uneven gum line can make the teeth appear slightly crooked. If you can relate to these problems, you may be a candidate for laser gum reshaping. For a full smile makeover, laser gum reshaping can be combined with porcelain veneers. Read this overview from Wilmette dentist Craig S. Kohler to learn more.

What Is Laser Gum Reshaping?

Performing the procedure is to improve the gum line, eliminate excessive gum tissue, or improve the fit of dental crowns. Dental lasers quickly became the tool of choice for treatment, as they lead to faster recovery and less pain during and after treatment. Dental lasers also cauterize as they cut, reducing bleeding and the risk of infection. treatment begins with numbing the gums to aid in patient comfort. Then countering the gum line. Finally, the excess gum tissue is gently removed with the dental laser. Most patients find the treatment method to be painless or only mildly so.

Tips for Recovery

Most patients recover within a few days to a couple of weeks. During the recovery from the treatment phase, it is important to take care to avoid irritating the gums as they heal.  Using a soft-bristled brush and light, gentle pressure as well as using easy glide floss will help gums heal. Gargling with warm salt water can also help keep the mouth clean and aid in healing.

In addition to practicing extra care with brushing and flossing, avoid certain foods while healing. In general, you will need to stay away from hard, crunchy foods, as well as foods with small seeds. Crunchy foods, like corn chips, can irritate the gums by stabbing and piercing the tissue. Skip foods with small seeds since they are likely to get stuck between the gums and teeth. Popcorn is another food to avoid for this same reason.

Candidates for Laser Gum Reshaping

Qualifying patients must have healthy gums and teeth to reduce the risk of infection or other complications. Candidates also include those with one or more of the following:

  • Excessively gummy smile: Laser gum reshaping removes excess gum tissue to correct the appearance of an overly gummy smile.
  • Teeth that look disproportionate: Excess gum tissue can make the teeth look disproportionately small with Laser gum reshaping excess gum tissue is removed to reveal more proportionately sized teeth.
  • Uneven gum line: An uneven gum line can be corrected with laser gum reshaping.
  • Undergoing periodontal procedures: Laser gum reshaping can be used to adjust the gums for dental crown lengthening or correct the gum line after periodontal treatments.

Find Out If You’re a Candidate

To find out if you’re a candidate for laser gum reshaping, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kohler.