When your gums are too long (giving you a "gummy" smile and making your teeth appear short) or uneven, your smile appears off. Just as there are cosmetic fixes for imperfect teeth, there is also a fix for imperfect gums - laser gum reshaping.
What is Laser Gum Reshaping?Using a laser for gum reshaping is the latest technological advancement over the traditional scalpel. The laser uses a concentrated light beam instead of a sharpened instrument to remove excess tissue and make your gums a more even. The procedure is faster, more accurate and less painful.
Laser Reshaping ProcedureBefore the procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic, which will ensure that you won't feel any pain. You will also be given a special pair of glasses to put over your eyes that will protect them from the laser's light. Then your dentist will begin removing excess tissue and reshaping your gums to give them a more even, natural appearance.
Healing from Laser ReshapingThe downtime when using a laser is far less than with a scalpel. You may experience minor discomfort, which can be eased with over the counter pain relievers. You should also avoid eating anything too spicy, salty or acidic and stick to soft foods for a few days. Oral hygiene is important, but be gentle.
Benefits of Using a LaserUsing a laser to reshape your gums offers several benefits:
|•||Less bleeding (the laser seals blood vessels as it passes over your gums) and less pain.|
|•||You are given a natural looking smile.|
If your gums make your teeth look small, or are uneven, and are affecting your self-confidence, contact our office today to find out if laser gum reshaping is right for you.