An easy and painless procedure, laser gum contouring can remove a small, strategic amount of tissue at the gum line. Patients with thin enamel can usually expect sensitivity during the gum contouring procedure, but the laser ensures little or no bleeding. This patient came to Dr. Eshom to straighten her teeth and extend her natural tooth for a more refined look. The first step to gum contouring is an x-ray, which allows Dr. Eshom to see if your tooth structure is intact. If the pulp (the tissue in your tooth) is not intact, tooth sensitivity may occur. After x-rays, Dr. Eshom marks the gums to guide him while he uses the laser. Consulting an experienced cosmetic dentist will help you decide if laser gum contouring will achieve the results you want. In the case of this patient, gum contouring transformed her juvenile look into classy charm.
A True Story: Alex’s Laser Contouring
Laser gum contouring is commonly used in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments. After the removal of braces, this patient came to Dr. Eshom for help with a tooth that was abnormally smaller than the rest of her teeth (a condition called microdontia). Patients with this condition can become easily embarrassed if the smaller tooth is visible when they smile. However, with help of an experienced cosmetic dentist, it can easily be fixed.
To straighten her smile overall, Dr. Eshom devised a treatment plan that included a combination of porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and laser gum contouring. First, Dr. Eshom fixed her microdontia by placing a crown on the small lateral incisor. Next, veneers were placed on the surrounding teeth to create a symmetrical smile. Finally, Dr. Eshom contoured her gums and shaped her teeth as a finishing touch to her smile. With this new symmetrical smile, no one will ever know about her microdontia and will think she was born with perfect teeth!
Cosmetic Recontouring of the Edges of Your Teeth
Gum contouring is frequently done in conjunction with tooth contouring. This conservative, minimally invasive treatment allows us to make your teeth look better with very small changes to the shape and size of your enamel. Your natural teeth can be reshaped to have more rounded edges, for example, to look younger and more even. Some tooth structure is removed, but only in very small increments. No pain is involved. It is a fast and effective approach that delivers instant results. Call Dr. Eshom, San Diego Cosmetic Dentist for a free consultation to see if this procedure is right for you.
Recontouring may not be ideal for people with already short teeth because the teeth may not show when smiling and those with thin enamel because it may make the teeth sensitive.
STEP 1 to Laser Gum Contouring: Examination
Before starting this painless, one-appointment procedure, San Diego Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Eshom takes x-rays of your teeth to make sure the pulp inside your teeth is in good shape. This can help predict possible sensitivity. Then we will mark your teeth with a special pen to help guide Dr.Eshom through the sculpting process.
STEP 2 to Laser Gum Contouring: Contouring the Teeth
A sanding drill is used to remove small amounts of enamel on the edges of the teeth, and abrasive strips (like sandpaper) are used to shape the sides of the teeth. As a finishing touch, the treated teeth are smoothed and polished.