Your Lafayette Dentist Explains Gum Contouring

shutterstock_103838846We all know about the basics of dental care: brushing and flossing, exams and cleanings, even dental fillings and teeth whitening. But what about laser dentistry and gum contouring? These dental care services aren’t things from a futuristic sci-fi movie, they’re beneficial health care procedures that can transform the health and appearance of your smile. Today, Lafayette dentist Dr. Michael Young wants to discuss gum contouring and laser dentistry.

What is gum contouring?

The art of gum contouring is just how it sounds: altering the shape of the gum tissue. Gum contouring is performed for several reasons, including:

  • to lengthen the surface area of a tooth prior to placing a dental crown or other restoration (crown lengthening)
  • to correct uneven gum tissue across several teeth to give the teeth and gums a more uniform appearance
  • to reduce gum tissue to make teeth appear larger
  • to correct areas of gum tissue following treatment for periodontal disease

How is gum contouring done?

Gum contouring is performed with a soft tissue laser. Dr. Young expertly uses this safe, comfortable technology to sculpt your gum tissue into the perfect position for your dental needs, your teeth, and your overall appearance. The laser is a strong, focused light that can trim away gum tissue without the need for a scalpel or stitches. Patients often report minimal or no bleeding, minimal or no swelling, and a prompt recovery following treatment.

The best way to find out if you’re a candidate for gum contouring is to schedule a consultation appointment at our Lafayette dentist office. Dr. Young and our team will meet with you to discuss your dental goals and concerns. We’ll prescribe an efficient and custom treatment plan to help turn your health and appearance goals into realities.

About Michael J. Young, DDS:

Dr. Young and his staff look forward to helping families in Lafayette, LA and surrounding communities enjoy optimal oral health. Schedule your next appointment by calling (337) 237-6453.