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Basic Information About Laser Gum Contouring

December 21, 2013 @ 04:58 PM — by rwdds

Laser Gum Contouring / ReshapingYou can sometimes be surprised by just what can affect the overall appearance of your smile. A tooth gap, for example, can have a dramatic effect on your overall appearance. The same can be said for issues with tooth alignment and tooth color. One element of smiles that a lot of people take for granted, however, is the gums and the gumline. Sometimes this can make or break the overall appearance of a smile.

When you visit our cosmetic dentistry center, we will be more than happy to go over all potential treatment for periodontal issues. Right now we'd like to focus on the nature of smiles with gums that are too prominent and how we can address these matters through laser dentistry.

Gummy Smiles and the Problems They Cause

When a person has a smile with very prominent gums, it tends to detract from the overall beauty of the smile itself. This is often a genetic condition, usually related to a smaller upper lip area which reveals more gumline than others do when they smile.

There are some medications and medical conditions that can result in growth of excess gum tissue, but these tend to be rather rare compared to issues with heredity.

Lasers for Periodontal Care

In order to enhance the overall look the gumline, dental lasers play an important part. These lasers can safely and accurately be used to sculpt and reform the gumline, with far greater efficiency than the methods used in the past.

Traditional Gum Contouring - The Old-Fashioned Method

Before the wider use of laser dentistry, gum reshaping was commonly performed using scalpels and stitches. Patients would receive local anesthetic and a sedative (sometimes general anesthetic) in order to ensure that they experienced no adverse discomfort during the treatment. Stitches were used to address the remaining gum tissue.

The Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring

There are so many benefits to laser gum contouring over traditional surgical methods of the past.

  • Less bleeding - The periodontal laser cauterizes as it cuts, meaning far less blood loss than in the past
  • Reduced chance of infection - Since the laser cauterizes and there is reduced physical contact with the gum tissue, the process is very sterile
  • Reduced need for anesthetic - There is less discomfort during the laser gum contouring procedure, meaning that patients don't need as much anesthetic
  • Less discomfort while healing - Laser gum contouring patients have a much more comfortable healing experience than traditional gum reshaping patients
  • Faster healing time - The cauterization and efficiency of the surgery means far quicker recovery for the patient

Other Options for Advanced Periodontal Care

In addition to gum reshaping, there are also grafting techniques to address problems with gum recession. These we can discuss with you in greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment

If you would like more information about different state-of-the-art options for improving overall dental wellness and aesthetics, we encourage you to contact our Northeast Philadelphia cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. During your consultation, we will be sure to answer any and all questions that you may have so that you can make informed and empowered decisions about dental wellness.