The appearance of your gum tissue plays a greater role in your smile’s appearance than you may believe. Gums that are disproportionate to the the teeth can create what is often referred to as a “gummy smile.” Gums that are jagged or asymmetrical leave the smile looking a little lopsided. Laser gum contouring is a cosmetic treatment designed to give your smile a more proportionate and symmetrical appearance. We have listed answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about laser gum contouring.
A: Gum contouring done without lasers involves using a scalpel to remove excess gum tissue and sutures to repair the area. Laser technology allows gum contouring to be done with a precision laser to remove excess gum tissue, which can be less invasive and allow for a more comfortable recovery. The soft-tissue diode laser typically does not cause bleeding, which means that there is no need to stitch the area with sutures after the contouring. Laser dentistry can be faster and more precise.
A “gummy smile” can affect more than just the appearance of your smile. Disproportionately large gums are more susceptible to gum disease by creating more area for bacteria to hide. Harmful bacteria can irritate the gums ultimately leading gum disease through inflammation and infection of the gums. Gum disease can increase your risk of tooth loss, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and more.
Only you can determine if a smile treatment is worth it. If you feel insecure about your smile, it may cause you to lead your life with a lack of confidence. Laser gum contouring can be a minimally invasive way to address a smile that has large or uneven gums.
Laser gum contouring can give you a more symmetrical smile. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.