Our Lake Jackson cosmetic dentistry practice can dramatically change the appearance of gummy smiles with laser gum reshaping. If you have excessive gum tissue that makes your teeth look small or uneven, laser gum reshaping may be the right treatment for you. Read on to learn more about this treatment and how it can improve your smile.
What Is Laser Gum Reshaping Treatment?
Laser gum reshaping, or contouring, is a cosmetic dental treatment. Laser gum reshaping is used to correct the gum line by removing excess tissue and creating an even gum line. Traditionally, gum shaping was performed with a scalpel, which was painful and associated with a long recovery time. Fortunately, with modern dental technology, dentists can replace the scalpel with dental lasers. Dental lasers are far less painful and they cauterize as they cut, which leads to both a quicker healing time and reduces the risk of infection.
The laser gum reshaping treatment begins with the application of a numbing solution to the gums for patient comfort. Once the gums are anesthetized, a dental laser is applied to remove extra gum tissue. The gum line is carefully reshaped to create an even appearance.
Laser Gum Reshaping Recovery
Most patients find laser gum reshaping to be painless. Any resulting pain is generally mild and can be relieved with ibuprofen. Aspirin pain relievers are usually not recommended as they can increase bleeding.
The recovery time for laser gum reshaping varies from person to person. Many people feel fully recovered within a few days, while others may require two weeks. As you recover, it is important to be careful when eating. Avoid crunchy or hard foods that may irritate the healing gums and increase recovery time. Popcorn or foods with small seeds may stick between the teeth and gums during recovery and should also be avoided. Brushing and flossing should not be skipped during recovery but special care should be taken. Use a soft bristled tooth brush and use gentle pressure.
Is Laser Gum Reshaping Right for You?
Laser gum reshaping is not right for everyone. Candidates for laser gum reshaping have healthy gums and teeth. Laser gum reshaping candidates may have:
- Uneven Gums: Uneven gums can make the teeth look uneven. Laser gum reshaping can correct this issue.
- Excessive Gum Tissue: Excessive gum tissue can make a smile look “gummy.” People who feel self-conscious about their smiles due to excessive gum tissue may benefit from laser gum reshaping.
- Teeth Hidden By Gum Tissue: Extra gum tissue can cover the teeth and make them look too small. Gum reshaping can be performed to make the teeth look more proportional.
- Periodontal Procedures: The laser can also be used to perform certain periodontal procedures. The laser can reduce pockets caused by gum disease, and adjust the gums for crown lengthening or porcelain veneer placement.