Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- 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.

- 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.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- 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.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Enhance the Appearance of the Smile with Laser Gum Reshaping By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on June 11, 2014

An attractive woman with straight teeth and even gum lineBeautiful teeth are one aspect of an attractive smile, but in order to further enhance the appearance of the teeth, it is important to have healthy, attractive gums. While brushing and flossing can ensure that the gums remain healthy, there is not much that a patient can do on their own to correct a gum line that is uneven or disproportionate to the smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentist Charles A. Porter offers his Charlotte patients laser gum reshaping to correct imperfections of the gum line. Oftentimes enhanced by porcelain veneers, which perfect the appearance of the teeth, laser gum reshaping can be the key to unlocking a patient’s ideal smile.

Candidates

Laser gum reshaping is a cosmetic procedure that is meant to improve the appearance of the gum line. Although the teeth are the primary focus of the smile, an uneven gum line or an excessive amount of gum tissue can detract focus from the teeth and compromise the appearance of the smile. Laser gum reshaping allows Dr. Porter to address these imperfections so that patients can achieve a beautiful smile that is framed by a healthy, attractive foundation of gums. For patients with good overall oral health, laser gum reshaping can be performed to correct the following conditions:

  • An uneven gum line
  • A “gummy” smile, or one with an excessive amount of gum tissue
  • Teeth that appear to be too small

The Procedure

In the past, laser gum reshaping was performed using a scalpel. This procedure tended to be uncomfortable for patients, resulted in bleeding at the gum line, and could be difficult to produce precise results. Now, the advances of laser dentistry allow Dr. Porter to offer a gum reshaping procedure that is easier, safer, and more accurate.

Because the laser gum reshaping procedure is virtually pain-free, the procedure is performed while the patient is fully conscious. However, local anesthetic can be used to further enhance patient comfort. Using a highly powerful dental laser, Dr. Porter cuts away excessive gum tissue in order to sculpt an even and attractive gum line while revealing more tooth enamel. While the laser cuts away the gum tissue, it simultaneously seals blood vessels. Because of this, there is minimal bleeding during the procedure and the recovery time is very quick. Although there may be minor swelling or discomfort afterwards, most patients are able to return to their regular daily activities as soon as the procedure is finished.

Enhancing Treatment

While laser gum reshaping can improve the appearance of the smile by creating a better proportion between gums and tooth enamel, many patients choose to enhance these results by undergoing porcelain veneers treatment. Porcelain veneers can conceal cosmetic blemishes and improve tooth color. This treatment is often necessary to create an even, attractive appearance for enamel that has previously been concealed by gum tissue.

Contact Us

If you believe your smile is flawed because of the appearance of your gum line and would like to learn more about laser gum reshaping, Dr. Charles A. Porter is happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us to discuss treatment and learn if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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