Dr. Kim and Shelby pose in the operatory at Mortenson Family Dental in Independence, KY

Shelby’s Smile Makeover – Independence, KY

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Unfortunately, many of us are self-conscious about sharing our happiness with the world! 1 in 4 adults report they avoid smiling altogether due to the condition of their teeth. And with general anxiety on the rise, many of us aren’t keeping up with oral health due to financial concerns and daily stress.

At Mortenson Family Dental, we want you smile confidently. That’s why we’re proud to use the latest in dental technology and offer plenty of payment options that’ll help you achieve your smile goals.

 

Laser Gingivectomy

Shelby is a dental hygienist and patient at our newest office in Independence, Kentucky. She was always unhappy with her smile because of how “gummy” it was, but had never met a dentist who could help. Then she met Dr. Jinyoung Kim, who recommended a laser gingivectomy to reshape Shelby’s gum and create a nice smile line.

“I suggested laser treatment to shape Shelby’s gum because traditional surgery will produce a lot of bleeding and pain,” says Dr. Kim. “Using a laser instead of a surgical knife reduces bleeding and heals very quickly.”

Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive alternative to surgical procedures. It is used to treat gum disease because it decontaminates bacteria in periodontal pockets and delays the progression of gingivitis and periodontitis. Laser therapy is generally quick, often painless and requires only a single session to complete.

 

How was the procedure?

“The procedure was very easy honestly,” says Shelby. After X-Rays and an evaluation of her gum health, Dr. Kim had to numb Shelby’s gums. If you’ve had a filling before, you know this involves small injections of local anesthesia. Next it was time for Dr. Kim to get to work. Shelby says:

“To actually remove the tissue, she used the laser. From start to finish, it took about an hour. The ONLY uncomfortable part was when the anesthetic wore off and I was sore for about 30 minutes. Then it was as if nothing ever happened!”

Shelby's Smile - Before and After: Shelby underwent laser treatment to fix her "gummy" smile

Shelby’s Smile – Before and After

What about Aftercare?

The two greatest benefits of laser treatment are that it’s mostly pain-free and that patients’ gums heal much faster than traditional surgery. So Dr. Kim recommends patients take a break from brushing the area for about a week, stay away from alcohol and food that’s difficult to chew, and use a non-alcoholic mouthwash to keep the area moist and clean. Shelby’s gums healed completely in just a week!

I am so thankful that Dr. Kim did this for me because since then I have not been self-conscientious to smile at all!

 

If you’re interested in a smile makeover or even just a discussion about laser dentistry, we’d love to talk! Our doctors and teams stay current with advancements in laser dentistry by regularly attending continuing education courses, and are always happy to sit with you and talk about your smile goals.

 


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