about gum contouring
A gummy-looking smile is a concern for many men and women as it can not only hinder one's appearance but overall oral health as well. When the top portion of the teeth is covered by excessive gum tissue, it can make the teeth look smaller than they actually are. With gum contouring, leading cosmetic dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi can strategically remove minimal amounts of gum tissue to create a more proportionate contour. Gum contouring doesn't just give you a more attractive smile, but it can also improve your oral health by reducing places where bacteria often get trapped. This lowers your chances of having gum disease, tooth decay, and oral infections. If you live in Henderson, NV or the Greater Las Vegas area, reach out to Michaela Tozzi, DMD to schedule a private gum sculpting consultation. We want you to feel confident and love your smile.
What Are The Benefits Of Gum Contouring?
Reduces a “gummy” smile that makes teeth look small
Addresses a gumline that is too high due to gum recession
Aligns gums that look uneven or crooked
Reduces pain and inflammation caused by excess gum tissue
Improves overall aesthetics of your smile
Enhances oral hygiene
"Dr. Tozzi and her staff are phenomenal! From the front desk to every single girl in the back, they are all extremely personable as well as deliver nothing but the best service possible! I highly recommend them!"- A.S. / Google / Nov 19, 2020
"I’m so incredibly happy to have found Dr. Tozzi. Everyone in the office has been very nice and very helpful. I find them to be quick, gentle and efficient and all done with a smile. I actually dosed off during one of my dental procedures I felt so relaxed and confident that I was in good hands. I would Highly recommend Dr Tozzi and her team to anyone looking for that Extraordinary Dental experience."- S.S. / Google / Nov 17, 2020
"I’m so Happy to have found Dr. Tozzi.I had a dental emergency and her staff was very helpful over the phone and they were able to get me in to see her quickly.She explained the treatment needed thoroughly and getting it all taken care of has been easy.I am most impressed with how gentle she is when working on me, a definite plus.I have been back in for a cleaning and found her hygienist to be quick, efficient and to also have a gentle touch.I’m very pleased with my overall experience and have enjoyed looking forward to my Dental appointments.I would Highly recommend Dr. Tozzi’s office to anyone looking for great dental care and a kind, caring staff."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Nov 17, 2020
"11/10/20 Update:Since my last appointment, Dr. Tozzi has been working with me on my dental journey. She has done everything from fixing another dentist previous work, improving my dental hygiene, teeth whitening & even a little cosmetic work to even out my front teeth.Every step of the way, Dr. Tozzi & her team have been amazing! They’re warm, welcoming & treat you like friends. I would highly recommend Dr. Michaela Tozzi for all of your dental needs, she’s absolutely the best!"- D.L. / Yelp / Nov 10, 2020
"Dr. Tozzi & her staff are amazing! By far, the best dentist I have ever been to. From the minute you walk in the door, you are made to feel welcomed & comfortable. Dr.Tozzi’s professional & gentle nature make you feel at ease as soon as you sit in her chair. She addressed all my dental needs & worked with me on a plan to my dental wellness that worked with my time frame & budget. I will never go to another dentist in Las Vegas, she’s the best!"- B.L. / Facebook / Nov 10, 2020
Contouring the gums can create a more alluring smile while also helping your oral health. You might be a good candidate for gum contouring and sculpting if you would like to enhance your smile by diminishing a “gummy” appearance. When your gums are too low, gum contouring can give you a higher and more even-looking gumline. This treatment is also beneficial if you've had problems with frequent oral infections or gum disease caused by bacteria hiding under the gum tissue.
gum contouring treatments
Gum contouring is performed in our office using a mild local anesthetic. Sedation therapy may also be an option to help ease dental fear or anxiety. Before the procedure, your teeth and gums will be professionally cleaned, then dried. Dr. Tozzi will then use a laser to cut away gum tissue to reveal a higher gumline. The laser tool cauterizes the tissue to minimize bleeding throughout the treatment. Once your gumline is the right shape, Dr. Tozzi will clean your mouth so you may enjoy your results. Generally, gum sculpting can be done in a single appointment.
Once your procedure is complete, you may experience tenderness or swelling, but this is normal and should dissipate after about 1 – 3 weeks once your gums heal. Dr. Tozzi or a member of our team will also go over tips on how to keep your gums healthy and clean as you recover. We also encourage patients to maintain their annual dental exams and cleanings to maintain their oral health.
Laser Gum Treatments
Laser gum treatment isn't just used to correct cosmetic issues and can be performed to address other dental concerns, such as gum disease, peri-implantitis, oral growths, cold sores, and TMJ disorders. At Michaela Tozzi, DMD, we utilize the BIOLASE® Epic™ laser to effectively and safely treat these oral conditions. This enables us to provide high-quality care, fast results, and shorter recovery periods. If you'd like to learn more about the different laser treatments we provide, reach out to our office today.
Gum contouring is considered a cosmetic procedure so it isn't typically covered by most insurance companies. However, Michaela Tozzi, DMD accepts many payment methods and can help you find low-interest financing to help make your treatment more affordable. We can calculate your estimated costs during your initial consultation with Dr. Tozzi.
Gum Contouring FAQ
Does gum contouring hurt?
Most people’s gums are sensitive, so the first question about gum contouring is often “Does it hurt?”. While the gum contouring procedure does remove a small amount of gum tissue, Dr. Tozzi will use a local anesthetic to ensure the treatment area is numb before your procedure begins to prevent any possible pain or discomfort. If pain or anxiety is a concern, Dr. Tozzi also has sedation therapy options to help. After the procedure, some mild soreness and tenderness may be experienced as your gums heal, but this is often easily controlled with OTC (over-the-counter) pain relievers.
Is laser gum contouring a safe procedure?
Yes, gum contouring is considered a safe, effective, and fast procedure to enhance the aesthetic look of your smile and help prevent gum disease.
How long is recovery after a gum contouring procedure?
The typical recovery time for most patients after a gum contouring procedure is about 1 – 3 weeks.
How long does gum contouring last?
For most patients, gum contouring is a permanent procedure because the gums typically don’t grow back after the treatment.
reshape your gums
Cosmetic gum sculpting at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV is a wonderful treatment for many reasons — it can improve the appearance of your smile and reduce your risk of gum disease or an oral infection. Whether you want to see a more beautiful smile or improve your oral health, gum contouring might be a great treatment for you. If you live in the Greater Las Vegas area, reach out to our office today to learn more.
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