A smile that you feel proud of can make you feel confident in all aspects of your live. Conversely, if your smile makes you feel insecure, it can make you feel shy about speaking up or feel less confident about smiling. You may think that the only way to address the appearance of your smile is to directly address the teeth, but there are other effective ways to adjust you’re smile’s appearance. There are situations where irregularities along your gumline can affect the way your teeth look. Because your gums frame for your teeth, if your gum tissue is assymmetrical or too long or too short, it can make your teeth look imbalanced or off. Gum contouring can be a way to reshape your gumline and restore your confidence in your smile.
Traditionally, gum contouring involved using a scalpel to remove excess gum tissue and then repairing the area with sutures. With soft-tissue diode laser technology, gum contouring does not involve the use of a scalpel or sutures. Performing the gum contouring with lasers allows for minimal invasiveness and a more comfortable recovery from the procedure. The use of a laser typically does not cause bleeding to the gums, which eliminates the need for a suture to repair the area. Laser technology also allows for more precision, so that your gumline can be reshaped in an exact and precise way.
If disproportationately large gum tissue is the issue you wish to address, it can be more than just a cosmetic issue. Larger gums can be more susceptible to a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. There is more surface area for harmful microbes to hide along and underneath. Bacteria affecting your gum tissue can lead to inflammation, irritation, and infection that can affect your oral health. Gum disease can also put you at an increased risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and more.
Dr. Carmona can discuss gum contouring with you. To schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.