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Dr. James Courey in Manalapan New Jersey Uses a Laser to Treat "Gummy Smiles"

Monday, January 11, 2010
An asymmetrical or gummy smile-line can be easily corrected with gum contouring through the use of a laser. Compared to the traditional method of using a scalpel, the laser simply vaporizes and seals the extra gum tissue with no cutting, bleeding or sutures. There is also less chance of infection through laser gum contouring as the laser kills bacteria while sealing the gums. The results are healthy, natural looking gums and a brand new smile.

After discussing the functional and aesthetic desires for your smile, Dr. James Courey will go through perform a comprehensive examination and diagnostic procedures to determine the reason for your gummy smile. Gum contouring is a conservative option—it takes only a few minutes with minimal discomfort and no bleeding. Smaller teeth can become larger and larger teeth can become more in proportion with the rest of your smile-line. Most people resume their normal activities the same day.


There are certain cases where gum contouring or crown lengthening may be used in conjunction with another dental procedures to achieve the desired smile. In cases that require a more significant change, cosmetic contouring may be combined with placement of porcelain veneers, crowns or orthodontic treatment to meet your cosmetic needs.


Call Dr. Courey’s Manalapan office to schedule a consultation to meet Dr. Courey and talk about your desires for your smile.

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