We are pleased to announce that our office is open! • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. * All patients will be required to wear face coverings to enter the office. • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. • Every patient will have their temperature taken upon entering the office. If above 100 degrees, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment for the safety of our staff and other patients. • We want you to call the office or text when you arrive for your dental appointment. We will then call you when your room is ready so you go straight back to the chair. For the time being, we will not have a “waiting room”. • Following your appointment, we will do a “virtual” checkout by calling you to take any payments and/or schedule any follow up appointments. • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That means that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. If you already have a scheduled appointment we may need to reschedule to a future date to be able to follow the new guidelines. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this pandemic and resume back to business. Sincerely Dr. Belnap, Dr. Jergense and staff,

Laser Gum Contouring Reshapes the Gumline

Do you have a “gummy” smile? Do your front teeth appear to be different sizes? If uneven or excess gum tissue causes you to feel self-conscious, there is a solution. At PQ Family Dental, our doctors offer cosmetic gum contouring in Rancho Peñasquitos and Ramona, CA, to reshape gum tissue and create a balanced, even gumline that will complement your appearance.

Thanks to our state-of-the-art diode laser technology, gum contouring delivers immediate, precise results and requires no stitches.

What is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring, also known as gingival sculpting, is a procedure performed using a diode laser, in which excess gum tissue is removed to reveal more of the natural, white structure of the tooth. After treatment, teeth will appear lengthened and more symmetrical. This procedure may be performed independently or in conjunction with a full smile makeover.

Image of laser gum therapy procedure

Because a laser is utilized to perform treatment, gum contouring causes minimal trauma to tissue and patients recover quickly. The entire procedure can be completed in just one visit, and it involves little to no downtime.

Side effects after the procedure may include temporary bleeding and swelling. Discuss any allergies to anesthesia with your doctor. Overall, however, the risks of treatment are minimal, and there are many benefits of gum contouring:

  • A more symmetrical gumline
  • Removal of excess gum tissue
  • A laser which cauterizes as it works, greatly reducing the chance of infection
  • A more aesthetically pleasing frame for your smile
  • A smile that you are proud to share with the world, and increased self-confidence

What to Expect

If you are considering undergoing gum contouring, Dr. Belnap or Dr. Jergensen will first meet with you to discuss your cosmetic goals, explain how gum contouring will benefit you personally, and answer any questions you may have.

We want you to take pride in your smile, so don’t postpone your treatment or the opportunity for an enhanced quality of life.

During the procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthesia to numb the gums. Using our diode laser, he will then gently remove excess tissue to shape a more balanced, symmetrical gumline. The laser cauterizes tissue as it works, so you will not need stitches. Most patients return to their regular activities a day or two following the procedure.

Afterward, you may experience mild discomfort, so the dentist will prescribe a pain reliever. For a few days immediately following treatment, avoid spicy foods and foods that are difficult to chew, and be sure to brush and floss gently. We will provide you with postoperative instructions regarding the specifics of your recovery and at-home care.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are tired of living with teeth that appear uneven or are short and stubby-looking, laser gum contouring may the solution. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

The doctor will meet with you to discuss your cosmetic concerns, and then offer his recommendations. We want you to take pride in your smile, so don’t postpone your treatment and the opportunity for an enhanced quality of life.