Improving Gum Health With Cosmetic Dentistry

gum contouringWhile teeth whitening removes stains, and bonding reshapes the teeth themselves, what about your gums? With cosmetic contouring, your Overland Park, KS, dentist can reshape the gum line and address common esthetic concerns. In addition, we can provide treatment for common periodontal issues, including gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Common Esthetic Issues

Some people develop something known as a gummy smile, in which there is simply too much gingival tissue on display when people smile. Along with showing too much gum, this could make the teeth appearance uneven or small. An uneven gum line also impacts the symmetry and beauty of the smile, issues that cannot be addressed with teeth whitening to other popular cosmetic treatment options. Instead, you will need a contouring procedure.

The Gum Contouring Process

Instead of scalpels and sutures, we will employ advanced laser dentistry. The laser enables our team to carefully remove excess tissues and reshape the gum line, improving symmetry in only one visit. You will need to relax for the rest of the day, but usually our patients return to normal activities the next day. The laser instantly cauterizes the area, which prevents infection and bleeding. The precision offered by a dental laser also means we can target areas with accuracy and prevent damage to healthy tissues. The entire process is comfortable too, so people rarely need to receive anesthesia!

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

You could also develop inflammation, known as gingivitis, or the early stages of gum disease, due to a a variety of factors. Warning signs of these issues include soreness, redness in the gums, and bleeding when you brush and floss. Over time, the disease could grow more severe, reaching a stage known a periodontitis, which is linked to adult tooth loss. However, treatment could reverse gingivitis, or manage gum disease to prevent the onset of periodontitis.


Using the same dental lasers, we can target and remove diseased tissues from the smile. This allows healthy tissues to attach to the teeth, closing exposed periodontal pockets and improving overall health. The lowered inflammation means we can help manage the disease with routine cleanings every three to four months, and better homecare habits. If you have any questions about how we use laser dentistry to improve smile beauty, and to also help improve the overall health of your gum tissues, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy your best, and most beautiful, smile possible.

Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Treatments?

Our team wants to help you obtain a stunning smile that inspires confidence and makes a great first impression. To learn more about improving the health and beauty of your smile, then schedule your consultation by calling Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.