Laser Gum Contouring (Gingivectomy)

Gum is a non-ignorable compound of smiles and in some cases redesigning the gum line is one of the key points for smile design. The name of the procedure is gingivectomy, but it is also known as gingival sculpting or gum contouring.

When it comes to "smile makeover", recreating only teeth may not satisfy the patient expectations. Gum is a non-ignorable compound of smiles and in some cases redesigning the gum line is one of the key points for smile design. The name of the procedure is gingivectomy, but it is also known as gingival sculpting or gum contouring.

In cosmetic dentistry, there are 2 main purposes of gum contouring treatment:

  1. To even the gum line and fix the excessive gingival display,
  2. To remove depigmentation on the gingiva.

With gingival shaping, dentists can shape the gingiva to obtain a pinker and smoother gingival line. A small amount of local anaesthetic is used to numb the gum line during gum contouring. The risk of bleeding and infection is minimal as the laser cauterizes while cutting. It requires careful work to ensure that none of the root structure of a tooth is exposed.

In the traditional gum contouring method, dentists use a scalpel to cut and sutures to close up the wound. With laser gum contouring, instead of using a scalpel, the dentist will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue. The main advantage of using laser gum contouring is that it doesn’t have stitches, therefore, has improved healing time — a relatively painless procedure. With less downtime, being just a few days, this is an excellent solution to solve irregular gum lines.

The results of gingival shaping can be seen quite nicely. Even if a small amount of gingival tissue is removed, the whole smile may appear more prominent. This can help a person overcome insecurities about their appearance as it will do wonders for their smile.

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