Teeth that appear too short or misshapen may actually just be obscured by an excess of gum tissue. Certain patients have more gum tissue than other patients, and if you are dissatisfied with feeling like you have a gummy smile, then gum recontouring may be the right way to achieve an appealing smile. Gum recontouring is sometimes included in a smile makeover, depending on your smile goals.
To learn more about gum recontouring and other laser dentistry treatments, please call Cedar Park Premier Dentistry.
Can you benefit from Gum Recontouring?
Excess gum tissue can obscure an otherwise beautiful smile. The tissue can make your teeth look uneven, small and misshapen. You may feel like more gum tissue than teeth shows when you smile. Your gums should frame your teeth in a complementary way, showing just enough of the tooth to be appealing. On the other hand, too little gum tissue, or gum recession, is also undesirable. The goals of your gum recontouring procedure will be based on your goals for your smile and what you would like to change.
The Gum Recontouring Procedure
Dr. Williams uses a soft-tissue laser to reshape gum tissue. In decades past, dentists used scalpels to cut away excess gum tissue, which often resulted in significant patient discomfort and bleeding. With the evolution of laser technology came the use of the minimally invasive soft-tissue laser in cosmetic dentistry. The laser vaporizes tissue instead of cutting it. Other advantages of using a laser for gum recontouring include: