Gum Contouring Sterling, VA

Gum Contouring An Overview

The shape and length of the gums can have an impact on the overall appearance of your smile. There can be several reasons for gums that are too high, including recession as a result of disease or age. The gums can also come down too far over the top of the tooth, making them look short or out of balance with the aesthetics of your appearance. Ridgetop Dental uses laser dentistry to help patients change the shape of their gums with gum contouring procedures.

Gum Contouring: Improving Health & Aesthetics

Reshaping the gums with laser dentistry can provide a beautiful aesthetic result without the need for gum surgery. An experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Datta can either subtly or dramatically change the look of your smile by exposing more or less of your teeth using a dental laser, which allows for more precise treatment that will not harm surrounding tissues.

Gum recession can present a growing dental health concern and increase the risk of tooth loss if not addressed properly and early. Gum recession is the process where the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth wears away or pulls back slowly over time. This will expose the tooth root and create pockets between the teeth and the gum line. Plaque will collect in these pockets causing more recession, gum disease, tooth loss and bone loss. It is very important to have gums that are receding treated by our Northern Virginia dentist office to avoid further dental issues.

Your Ridgetop dentist will meet with you to plan your treatment for a final result that meets your needs and expectations. Dental lasers offer several key benefits:

  • No scalpels and in most cases no sutures
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Minimal bleeding or swelling
  • Little to no downtime
  • Accurate treatment

Laser treatment also stimulates the body’s natural healing response, which minimizes side effects and improves recovery.

Schedule A Consultation with your Dentist in Sterling, VA

Ridgetop Dental offers free consultations to discuss gum contouring and how it can address your unique dental health or cosmetic concerns. To schedule your appointment, request an appointment online or call one of our two Northern VA office locations:

  • Sterling: (703) 444-9900
  • Reston: (571) 616-9685

Gum Contouring What to Expect

Dr. Datta has extensive training and experience in helping patients achieve beautiful results with gum contouring. He has an eye for symmetry and the skillful approach necessary to ensure that your procedure is successful and provides the expected results.

Gum contouring with laser dentistry significantly reduces the risks, side effects and recovery associated with oral surgery. We can gently reshape gum tissue with great precision for a healthier result that will not traumatize surrounding gums or soft tissues.

A local anesthetic can be applied as needed for your comfort. The diode laser will gently move across the area to be treated, removing tissue and simultaneously initiating the natural healing process through cauterization. Lasers cause far less discomfort, the process can be virtually painless, and there is less bleeding or swelling.

Although your gums may feel tender or you may experience minor swelling, this will subside within a few days and you should be able to resume your normal activities right away. A soft diet will most likely be recommended to enable optimal healing and reduce the risk of infection.

Gum Contouring FAQs

How does gum contouring work?

Gum contouring in when a laser that attacks soft tissue is used to remove extra tissue around the gum. With extra gums teeth look smaller, and some people find it unappealing and want their gums to be reshaped. Gum contouring is the perfect way to reshape your gum line.

Is gum reshaping painful?

You may feel some light discomfort when undergoing gum treatment. This is normal with any procedure that removes tissue. The area the procedure is being performed in will be numbed before treatment begins, so that it is more comfortable for patients. Most people report higher pain levels after the procedure, but after a few days pain should go away. Your dentist will recommend medications to manage the discomfort.

What will my recovery from gum reshaping be like?

Recovery varies from patient to patient depending on the severity, intensity, and irritation. When the procedure is performed with a laser, recovery is much easier and faster. Using a cold compress and holding it on your face for 15 minute intervals can also speed up recovery times and lessen swelling. Patients should avoid eating sharp, crunchy and hard food until a few days after the procedure to ensure that you don’t irritate your gums.

Dr. Datta Malyavantham

Why choose Ridgetop Dental?

Ridgetop Dental is your dental home in Northern VA for complete and comprehensive oral health care. Led by Dr. Datta Malyavantham, our team is committed to helping patients achieve their dental health goals through personalized care.

From routine dental care and general dentistry to treatment options for complex dental problems, including missing teeth, our two convenient office locations strive to meet your needs, your goals and your budget. Our focus is on the long term maintenance of a comfortable, functional smile that provides confidence and the best possible quality of life.

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