About Gum Sculpting
Laser gum sculpting, also known as periodontal plastic surgery or gum contouring, removes excess gum tissue that can make the teeth appear disproportionately small and create a "gummy smile." Not only is a low gum line unattractive, it can also increase the patient's risk of gum disease and infections. Smile Design Dental Spa in Mt. Kisco, NY offers laser gum sculpting by board-certified cosmetic and general dentist, Dr. Stacie Calian. In some cases, periodontal plastic surgery may be medically necessary, but most patients have the procedure for cosmetic reasons. After gum contouring by Dr. Calian, the smile will be more attractive and healthy.
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What to Expect
Before the procedure, the dentist will use a local anesthesia to numb the areas being treated. DentalVibe® vibration technology is also available to help reduce pain during injections. Other sedation options may be added, depending on the extent of the procedure and the patient's anxiety. Once the patient is prepped, the dentist will fix an uneven gum line or gummy smile by removing the excess gum tissue as needed, and then sculpting the gum line to look natural and even.
After their gum contouring procedure, the patient will feel some discomfort and swelling. Gum contouring generally only takes one day for recovery and patients are advised to consume soft food and liquids for several days. Patients should contact our office immediately if they have an allergic reaction, or if they have discomfort and swelling more than 48 hours after their procedure.
Gum contouring can cost from $50 – $350 per tooth. Dental insurance may cover some of the cost if the periodontal plastic surgery procedure is medically necessary, but not if the procedure is only for cosmetic reasons. Our office can contact your insurance company to determine your exact coverage.
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Even, Healthy Gums
Do you have a gummy smile or an uneven gum line? Reveal a beautiful, healthy smile with laser gum sculpting at Smile Design Dental Spa in Mount Kisco, NY with Dr. Stacie Calian to change the size and shape of your gums.