Laser Gingivectomy Before and After
Gingivectomy is a simple procedure performed when gums exceed over the tooth, causing a “gummy” smile or the appearance of smaller teeth. Laser gingivectomy, also known as laser gum recontouring, is performed by your dentist using a laser to remove gum tissue, which can promote easier, quicker healing and results.
Benefits of Laser Gum Recontouring
Keeping your smile healthy includes proactive measures to ensure bacteria in your mouth doesn’t lead to serious infection. When bacteria builds up and causes gum disease, laser gum recontouring can help by:
- Removing stubborn bacteria from dental roots
- Eliminating inflammation caused by gum disease
- Improving your long term dental health
- Reducing bone loss
- Cosmetically enhancing the size of your teeth (making cleaning easier for you in the long run!)
Laser Gingivectomy Treatment Process
Your dentist will use a laser tool to clear out excessive tissue and shape your gum line. Typical procedure time is under an hour, however, some procedures may include multiple sessions depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed from your gums.
Before treatment, your dentist will administer anesthesia into your gums to numb the area and deter any discomfort. Then your dentist will:
- Use a laser to remove part of the gum tissue.
- Apply a suction tool in your mouth to eliminate excess saliva during the process.
Once the gum tissue has been removed:
- Your dentist will use a laser to shape your remaining gum tissue into your gum line and vaporize any excess tissue.
- You will be asked to keep the area clean and will usually take oral pain medication.
Laser Gingivectomy Recovery Time
It’s likely your gums will be sensitive after the procedure, but usually, they heal within a week. To help the healing process along, your dentist will recommend that you:
- Use over-the-counter pain medication to ease any discomfort.
- Keep the area clean.
- Stick to soft foods for a few days.
- Use warm salt water to rinse any lingering bacteria from your mouth on a daily basis.
It’s rare to experience facial and jaw swelling post-procedure. To combat swelling, you can use a cold compress on your cheeks and face. It’s always best to contact your dentist if you experience bleeding a few days after the procedure, excessive pain, or infection.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Laser Gingivectomy
It’s always best to take preventative measures when it comes to your oral health! With laser gingivectomy treatment, you can enjoy a full-looking smile that limits your risk of serious infection down the line.
If it’s time for your bi-annual check-up or you are ready to learn more about maintaining a healthy smile with laser gingivectomy, contact us today.