As an award-winning La Jolla cosmetic dentist, Dr. George Georgaklis offers a full range of treatments to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Along with whitening, veneers, and other well-known cosmetic procedures, he also offers gum contouring. This lesser-known procedure can be a great way to improve teeth that look disproportionately small or to correct a ragged, uneven gum line. Your San Diego cosmetic dentist uses the latest technology to perform this treatment, so you should experience minimal discomfort, a fast healing time, and beautiful final results.

What Is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a simple procedure during which Dr. Georgaklis will remove excess gum tissue to even out your gum line and reveal more of your tooth structure. He will carefully plan out your treatment in advance, determining exactly how much tissue he needs to remove to achieve your desired results. During the planning process, you should be specific about your treatment goals. In that way, your cosmetic dentist can more effectively sculpt your soft tissues to create your dream smile. When performing the procedure, Dr. Georgaklis will often use a surgical laser. The laser will eliminate extra tissues with incredible precision. At the same time, the device will seal off your blood vessels to reduce inflammation, bleeding, and post-treatment sensitivity. Dr. Georgaklis will always remove the least amount of tissue possible while still providing outstanding results.

The Benefits of Gum Contouring with a San Diego Cosmetic Dentist

Although gum contouring is a quick procedure addressing a seemingly insignificant part of your smile, the treatment can dramatically alter your appearance. Your gums are often overlooked in terms of aesthetics. However, if you have excess gum tissue, or a “gummy smile,” your teeth can appear disproportionately small. This can alter the overall balance of your face. In some cases, it can give your smile a childlike appearance or, alternatively, a prematurely older look. By trimming off just a tiny amount of gum tissue, your cosmetic dentist can give you a big, bright, and natural looking smile. Additionally, if your gum line is ragged, your teeth may appear crooked, even if you do not have any orthodontic issues. Dr. Georgaklis can even out your gums to create a smooth line.

Are You a Candidate for Gum Contouring?

If you are embarrassed by large or crooked gums, you may qualify for gum contouring. To receive this treatment, you must have good dental health, and you should not be suffering from periodontal disease. Your dentist will examine your soft tissues and discuss your treatment goals to find out if this procedure is right for you. In some cases, you may be better suited to another treatment, such as veneers or orthodontia. In other instances, you may want to combine gum contouring with other procedures for a complete smile makeover.

Contact Your La Jolla Cosmetic Dentist

To learn more about gum contouring and to find out if it is right for you, contact our office today. With over 30 years’ experience in cosmetic dentistry, George Georgaklis, DDS is an excellent choice when you are looking to transform your smile.