SAN RAFAEL, CA-You may already have beautiful teeth and still not be satisfied with your smile. We’ve recently seen a number of patients come into our practice with overgrown gums.
At Larson Dentistry, gum recontouring surgery could be the best fix for those whose gums rest too high or too low on their teeth.
When gums cover a large part of your teeth, it creates the perception that your teeth look small. Genetics, a particular health problem or taking certain prescription drugs have the potential to cause uneven gums. Gum recession, where tissue pulls back and expresses the tooth’s root, give the appearance of long teeth.
Serious dental problems can stem from gum recession that’s not corrected. These include periodontal disease, tooth loss and decay.
Dr. Greg Larson understands the frustration that so often comes with uneven gums. Through his gum recontouring procedures, he enables his patients to not only enjoy better dental health, but also love their beautiful teeth again.
Patients go into their initial consultation with Dr. Larson and discuss their smile goals. Dr. Larson and his professional staff then plan the procedure and discuss the options with the knowledge that patients love smooth and symmetrical gum lines.
The procedure itself is completed in-office. What sets Dr. Larson’s gum recontouring apart from others is that he uses lasers during the process.
“Laser gum recontouring is a non-surgical procedure and has the benefit of almost zero downtime and healing,” says Dr. Larson. “We perform that procedure in our office, on select cases and offer complimentary consultations.”
At this point, you may be wondering if gum recontouring is a necessary procedure for people with uneven gum lines. We view laser gum recontouring as a cosmetic procedure since it is usually not medically necessary. Our team strives to enhance the appearance of your smile and boost your confidence levels. However, as mentioned earlier, uncorrected gum recession may lead to dental issues down the road.
As with all of our procedures, patients will meet with the doctor beforehand. Dr. Larson will also show how much gum will be removed or how the gum line will be reshaped.
The use of lasers prevents any lengthy amount of downtime. That said, we want our patients to understand the following postoperative precautions, as explained on WebMD.
- Any pain can be eased with pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil, as directed by Dr. Larson. Since it can cause bleeding, aspirin should be avoided.
- Consider eating cool, soft foods for the first few days following the procedure. Eggs, pasta, yogurt and cottage cheese would be ideal. Until you get the green light from Dr. Larson to return to your normal diet, spicy foods and anything with seeds should be avoided during the postoperative healing process.
- Follow the specialist’s directions on when and how to brush your teeth initially.
Feel free to give us a call if you experience sensitivity that lasts over three days, or if you have any additional questions.
If you choose to move forward with our laser gum recontouring procedure, you can rest assured that you will be smiling more! We continuously maintain the highest of patient satisfaction and always work to achieve your cosmetic dental goals.
“I am so incredibly happy with the quality of my treatment and the attention to detail and care I received throughout,” says Chad via a patient testimonial on the doctor’s website. “It is one of the best investments I have ever made.”
Larson Dentistry is a trusted provider of cosmetic, Invisalign, sleep apnea and neuromuscular dental care in the San Francisco, San Rafael, Berkeley, Oakland and Walnut Creek areas. Whether you have questions about laser gum recontouring or any other cosmetic dental service, visit our website www.larsondentistry.com or contact our San Francisco office at 415-397-2804 to learn more.
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