benefits of gum recontouringBenefits of Gum Recontouring

What do you see when you smile at yourself in the mirror? Are you happy with the image starring back?

At Triangle Periodontics, we employ state-of-the-art technology paired with Dr. Otis Washington’s knowledge and expertise to reshape or recontour uneven gums or gums damaged by periodontal disease.

Laser gum recontouring can correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues including:

  • Gums that appear uneven
  • Gummy smile
  • Illusion that teeth appear too short, crooked, or uneven
  • Gum tissue that results in inflammation or redness
  • Receding gums
  • Treatment for gum disease

Better results with advanced technology

At Triangle Periodontics, we use dental laser technology when recontouring gums. The PerioLase® (LANAP) laser results in an easier procedure with more precision, and a safer and quicker recovery than compared to traditional gum grafting surgery that involves using a scalpel and sutures.

Previously, gum recontouring has been conducted by using a scalpel to remove healthy tissue from elsewhere inside of the patient’s mouth. In some cases, donor tissue may be used. Then, the tissue is sutured into place, in the precise areas needing treatment. Although this surgical method is still proven effective, it often results in a lengthy recovery with a much higher rate of discomfort. Plus, only a few teeth can be treated at a time as a result of the lengthy recovery; bleeding both during and after the procedure is likely, and the risk of infection is higher.

When Dr. Washington uses the PerioLase® dental laser for gum recontouring, it results in the following benefits:

  • Faster treatment – the laser works much faster than using a scalpel
  • Precision – less tissue has to be removed
  • Cauterizes as it goes – this results in less bleeding during and after procedure, resulting in a much easier recovery
  • Kills bacteria on the spot – less risk of infection
  • Less discomfort both during and after procedure
  • Quicker recovery time – patients often report minimal discomfort or swelling
  • Can treat multiple areas at once

Is gum recontouring right for me?

If you are considering gum recontouring treatment, you first should seek a consultation with your Raleigh periodontist, Dr. Washington. He will assess the state of your oral health (taking into account your medical history as well), and the concerns that you have regarding your smile and the appearance of your gums. Then, Dr. Washington will take an individualized approach to help you achieve a healthy smile that makes you feel confident.

How will I pay for my gum recontouring procedure?

At Triangle Periodontics, we understand that finances can sometimes be a burden for some patients, which is why we are proud to offer a variety of payment options to fit almost any household budget. We even offer special financing through Springstone and CareCredit, which both offer zero interest and low monthly payments to those who qualify.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your gums or would like to reverse the effects of periodontal disease, then contact Triangle Periodontics by calling 919-782-9536 and schedule your consultation. We welcome patients of Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, North Carolina.