Below is helpful information about receiving your laser gum re-contouring procedure in Colorado Springs at Schope Dental:
Sometimes the contour of your gums can make your smile look less than desirable. Fortunately, with the latest advancements in laser gum sculpting or gum contouring, it is now possible to reshape your gum through a simple, conservative, and safe cosmetic dental procedure. The process uses high beam laser rays to correct gum problems such as long gums and irregular gum-lines. In short, laser gum re-contouring is a process that improves smiles by correcting the shape of the gum line.
Who is a candidate for it?
Laser gum re-contouring is rarely a medically necessary procedure, but appropriate for those who want to esthetically correct their gum line. This cosmetic procedure effectively reshapes and improves the gum-line and your smile. Keep in mind that while laser gum re-contouring itself is a non-surgical laser procedure, surgery may be required for part of the gum reshaping. Some of the gum contouring surgeries include pocket reduction, crown lengthening, and regenerative procedures.
How does it work?
At Schope Dental, Dr. Betty Jo Schope will first evaluate to determine if gum re-contouring is your best option. The entire procedure can be performed in our office. If Dr. Schope chooses radiosurgery, then she will only use laser beams to perform the gum contouring procedure. She uses a pen and draw a line on the gum line. In that way, Dr. Schope will decide how much gum will be removed for reshaping. Local anesthesia will be injected to numb the area before performing this procedure. Periodontal procedures sometimes include bone removal during gum re-contouring to get the best long-term results.
What does laser gum re-contouring cost?
This cosmetic dental procedure may cost you anywhere from $300 to $3,000. The cost will vary depending upon the extent of work that needs to be done. We can give you a detailed cost for the procedure. Keep in mind that elective cosmetic dental procedures are not typically covered by insurance.
How long does it take?
The entire process of laser re-contouring may take a few hours. However, if your gum line needs reshaping and periodontal surgery, then the procedure may take longer. We usually suggest adequate rest and limiting physical activities on the day of surgery. The healing time may take a few days or weeks depending on the extent of laser surgery and other surgeries.
Is laser gum re-contouring painful?
The procedure is less painful than traditional gum correction procedures. Minor swelling and bleeding are common after effects of this procedure. Dr. Schope may recommend over-the-counter pain medicines to ease pain after this procedure. Eating soft and liquid food is also advised after this procedure. We usually advise you not to eat spicy or hard foods and to brush teeth every day after undergoing this procedure. If you notice excessive bleeding or swelling, contact our office immediately.
Talk to an experienced cosmetic dentist in Colorado Springs
If you’re considering laser gum re-contouring and have questions, be sure to contact Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist, Betty Jo Schope, DDS, to set up a cosmetic consultation. Call 719-260-8089 to set your appointment now.