If a gummy smile or uneven gum line has you feeling insecure about the appearance of your smile, laser gum contouring may be right for you. Laser gum contouring can reshape your gum line to reveal a more beautiful smile. Laser gum contouring treatments can be combined with other cosmetic treatments, like porcelain veneers, to completely transform the smile. Huntington cosmetic dentist Robert J. Matlach offers this explanation of the benefits of laser gum contouring.
What Is Laser Gum Contouring?
Laser gum contouring is a cosmetic treatment used to remove excess gum tissue and to correct the gum line. Laser gum contouring helps make teeth look more proportionate and the gum line even. The laser gum contouring procedure is relatively painless. Prior to treatment, an anesthetic is applied to the gums to numb them during the procedure. The dental laser is then applied to the gums, excess tissue is removed, and the gum line is finely shaped. The dental lasers cauterize as they cut, reducing bleeding and the likelihood of infection, as well as leading to a faster recovery time.
Recovery can last a few days to a week or two, during which time mild soreness of the gums may be expected. During recovery, it is important to take special care to not irritate the gums. Switch to a soft bristled toothbrush and use light pressure while your gums heal. Also, avoid eating hard, crunchy foods, like corn chips, and foods with small seeds or kernels that may get stuck between the gums and teeth, as all of these may irritate the gums and lead to infection.
Candidates for Laser Gum Contouring
Laser contouring is appropriate for patients with healthy teeth and gums and who suffer from cosmetic issues like an overly gummy looking smile or irregular gum line. Candidates for laser gum contouring should experience one or more of the following conditions:
- An overly gummy looking smile: A gummy smile can be described as a smile in which excessive amounts of gum tissue show. Though an overly gummy smile tends to pose no oral health problem, it can be a source of embarrassment, making the smile look ill-proportioned. People with gummy smiles make excellent candidates for laser gum contouring.
- Uneven gums: An uneven gum line can actually make the teeth look uneven. Laser gum contouring can be used to reshape the gum line to reveal an even looking smile.
- Disproportionate looking teeth: Excessive gum tissue can cover the teeth, making them look too small and disproportioned. Gum contouring can be used to remove excess gum tissue, making the teeth look properly sized.
- Periodontal procedures: Laser gum contouring can be combined with periodontal procedures. The laser can be used to close pockets, which can develop from gum disease.
Find Out More about Laser Gum Contouring Treatment
Laser gum contouring can transform your smile quickly and gently. To learn more about laser gum contouring or to discuss additional treatment options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matlach today!