When you have issues with the appearance of your gum tissues, such as a smile that displays too much, this can alter the appearance of your teeth and have a negative impact on smile beauty. To correct these issues, we rely on advanced laser technology, which allows us to recontour the gum line with precision and accuracy. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA, dentist talks about gum contouring.
The Impact of a Gummy Smile
When you have too much gingival tissue on display, this could make teeth look small or misshapen, or uneven. This could also provide places for oral bacteria to flourish, which then increases the risk of serious complications like gingivitis and periodontal disease. You may also simply feel embarrassed about your smile, and struggle to hide it in pictures or when out with friends. Instead, why not seek a cosmetic treatment designed specifically to address gummy smiles?
Treatment with Laser Dentistry
The contouring process involves the use of advanced laser dentistry. This specially calibrated soft tissue laser can be used to reshoe the gum line. We first mark the areas that need to be addressed, then we use the laser to gently trim away excess tissues, and straighten the gum line. This improves the symmetry of the smile, corrects the gum-to-tooth structure ratio, reduces the risk of disease, and leaves you with a more attractive smile. You can return to normal activities after a day of rest, and the treatment rarely requires the use of anesthesia. The system also reduces the risk of bleeding and infection, and the precision it provides prevents damage to nearby healthy tissues. You don’t need sutures either! Once we address this, we can focus on other cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening and bonding, to transform the appearance of your smile, often in as little as one to two visits.
Addressing Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease impacts half of adults over the age of 30, and could lead to soreness and redness in the smile, and bleeding too. Over time, lack of treatment could allow periodontitis to develop, which causes tooth loss. The same laser technology we use to improve smile esthetics could also be used to trim away diseased tissues, so healthy ones adhere to the teeth and the depth of periodontal pockets are reduced, which then allows us to manage the disease with routine cleanings and better homecare, helping you smile with confidence again!
If you have any questions about our approach to cosmetic dentistry, or our use of advanced technology in our treatments, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Laser Dentistry?
To learn more about the benefits of our gum contouring procedure, contact Modern Smiles in North Hollywood, CA by calling 818-763-9353 to schedule your next appointment today.