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Accurately Reshaping Gummy Smiles with Lasers

Your teeth are not always to blame for an unbalanced smile. Overly prominent or uneven gums can make your teeth look small or misshapen, as well. Gum contouring is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure offered by Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel at Astoria Dental Group.

Our Queens, NY, office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows us to provide safer, more precise treatment. With our dental laser, we are able to perform gum contouring with more accuracy, less discomfort, and a faster recovery after surgery.

Fixing Gummy Smiles

This clip talks directly to patients who show a lot of pink gum when they smile. We can help by providing what we call a smile lift. By combining a laser gum lift and porcelain veneers, Dr. Degel can correct and makeover a gummy smile. Patients absolutely love it!

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Who Should Consider Gum Contouring? 

Gum contouring is a great option for patients who feel that they have excess gum tissue or a "gummy smile." During your cosmetic dentistry evaluation, one of our doctors can ask you about your concerns and recommend treatments which will get you closer to your ideal smile. 

Illustration of a laser gum contouring tool removing excess tissue from around the teeth

The doctor gently removes gum tissue from around the teeth to reveal more of the enamel. As a result, your smile looks noticeably bigger. 

Minimally Invasive Treatment Process 

In most cases, gum contouring can be completed in a single appointment. In contrast to many dentists who still rely on scalpels and other traditional tools, we use lasers to carry out your gum contouring treatment. Lasers can address a much smaller target than traditional tools, allowing our team to offer considerably more accurate treatment. As a result of this high precision, a number of studies have shown that using a laser for gum treatment results in

  • Less damage to surrounding soft tissue 
  • Faster treatment time 
  • Minimal discomfort 
  • Faster recovery
  • Minimized bleeding
  • Reduced risk of infection 

If you are feeling nervous about undergoing treatment, one of our doctors can administer sedation to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. Once you are comfortably numb, we will use the laser to precisely remove gum tissue and create pleasing contours in your gum line. During this process, you should not feel any pain.

Combining Multiple Treatments

Our gums serve as a frame for our teeth. In many cases, adjusting this frame has such a significant impact on the symmetry and appearance of your smile that additional treatment is not necessary. However, gum contouring can also be combined with other procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, and crowns to achieve the most dramatic, comprehensive results.

In a study performed by the National Center of Biotechnology Information, patients who underwent gum contouring did not suffer from any pain or discomfort following the procedure...

Ensuring a Healthy Recovery 

Because gum contouring is nonsurgical, you will be able to go home immediately following the procedure. During the days following surgery, it is normal to experience some redness, swelling, and minimal discomfort. However, these side effects usually fade after a few days. In a study performed by the National Center of Biotechnology Information, patients who underwent gum contouring did not suffer from any pain or discomfort following the procedure and had sustained the results at their one-year follow-up. 

Recontour Your Gums and Enhance Your Smile

If you are unhappy with the overall aesthetics of your smile, a dentist can help you identify areas where cosmetic treatment will be most effective. Your cosmetic dentistry consultation may reveal that your concerns can be corrected with laser gum reshaping alone. Transform your smile in a single treatment by scheduling an appointment online or contacting our office at (718) 278-1123. 

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Astoria, NY 11106

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