Have you ever been told that you have a “gummy” smile? That means that when you smile, more of your gum tissue is exposed than most people. If someone has told you this, you might be self-conscious about it and afraid to grin in front of others. Traditionally, a dentist could correct this problem with scalpels and sutures, but these days, many dentists use laser gum recontouring to correct a gummy smile. Here are six benefits of using laser gum recontouring to create a more gorgeous grin.
1. Corrects a “Gummy” Smile
During laser gum recontouring, your dentist uses a highly concentrated beam of light to vaporize excess gum tissue, revealing more of your tooth structure underneath. This improves the appearance of “short” teeth and rejuvenates your whole smile.
2. Evens Out Your Gum Line
Laser gum recontouring can also fix an asymmetrical or uneven gum line. The laser precisely modifies the gum tissue into the ideal shape, leaving behind smooth, attractive results.
3. Avoids the Need for Anesthesia
Unlike traditional gum surgery, there is no cutting with laser gum recontouring, so general anesthesia is not required. Not only does this save you money, but chances are you won’t have to take as much time off from work. While you may need a local anesthetic, you shouldn’t have to be put under.
4. Reduces the Fear of Pain During the Procedure
A laser does not actually come into contact with the teeth, nor does it produce the noise or smell that dental drills do. This leaves many patients feeling much more comfortable and less anxious during their procedure.
5. Minimizes Post-Op Discomfort & Bleeding
The laser cauterizes the gum tissue as it goes, which greatly reduces bleeding, discomfort, and the risk of infection afterward. The recovery period also tends to be shorter than with traditional methods.
6. Your Results Are Permanent
Gum tissue does not grow back once it has been removed. Your newly recontoured gums should maintain their shape indefinitely. As long as you practice good oral hygiene, your gums should stay healthy and clean for years to come.
If you’re dissatisfied with your “gummy” smile, contact your dentist to find out if laser gum recontouring is right for you.
About the Author
At Diamond Hill Dental in Cumberland, RI, Dr. Saba K. Abernethy is one of the 6% of general dentists in the United States to have become a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. She accomplished this by passing a rigorous board exam and completing hundreds of hours of continuing education courses. She is also certified to perform laser dentistry with the Picasso dental laser. If you think you could benefit from laser gum recontouring, visit Dr. Abernethy’s website or give her office a call at 401-333-2700.