Improve your smile design with gum contouring treatment in Blue Springs, MO

What makes a beautiful smile? The first thing that comes to mind is probably teeth. They are certainly what captivates our attention. However, they are only part of the smile design picture. Perfect teeth framed by an imperfect gumline will not create an ideal smile. In fact, the amount and shape of your gums can make your teeth look too short or uneven. Thankfully, there is a solution – laser gum contouring from McDaniel Family Dental in Blue Springs, MO.

What is gum contouring?

Also called gum shaping, this procedure corrects periodontal problems such as asymmetry of the gum tissue or a gummy smile. Here at McDaniel Family Dental, we use a special type of laser for optimal precision and comfort. There are functional and aesthetic benefits to the gum contouring procedure, including:

  • Remove the tissue overgrowth that causes a gummy smile.
  • Sculpt and shape the gumline, for a symmetrical and uniform appearance.
  • Because excess gum tissue can trap food particles and bacteria, gum contouring can make oral hygiene easier and more effective.
  • Our dental laser kills bacteria on contact, reducing the risk of infection.
  • Gum contouring can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as porcelain veneers for total smile rejuvenation.

About the gum contouring procedure

You will be happy to learn that gum contouring is a fast, precise, and usually painless procedure when performed with a dental laser. Traditional scalpel-based gum surgery can cause micro-tears in the tissue and it requires sutures, making the cosmetic result imperfect. Additionally, cutting gum tissue causes considerable bleeding, and there is a typically painful recovery period. However, a laser allows your dentist to sculp the tissue with exacting precision. It instantly seals the tissue, so there is little if any bleeding, and you will not need sutures.

The procedure is completed in a single appointment. We use local anesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process. Additionally, we offer oral sedation to help nervous patients relax. Most patients report very little post-treatment discomfort and healing usually about a week or less.

Design and refine your smile

Dr. Niki McDaniel is well known for creating natural looking smiles with artisan quality skills. If you are unhappy with your gumline or anything else about the appearance of your smile, just call (816) 227-6588 to schedule a consultation.