Your gums play almost as important a role in your smile as your teeth do. Large, excessive gum tissue can start to overshadow your teeth. Excessive gum tissue can result in what is commonly referred to as “a gummy smile.” Cosmetic gum contouring can remove excess tissue and shape it to perfectly contour the teeth. If cosmetic dentistry has been done on your teeth, gum contouring could be the last piece of the puzzle of unlocking the perfect smile. Gum contouring can also be done for reasons other than cosmetic. Gums afflicted with gum disease may benefit from the treatment.
Traditional gum contouring is done with a scalpel. Your dentist would use a scalpel to sculpt the gum tissue. The process would be a minimally invasive oral surgery. Technology has allowed for gum contouring to be done with a soft-tissue diode laser. The laser allows for precision in the gum contouring. It also minimizes bleeding and allows for a much more comfortable experience for the patient. The treatment itself is much quicker, as is the recovery time.
Those who feel insecure about their “gummy smile” should certainly look into the option of gum contouring. Even people without excessive gum tissue may have gums that are not symmetrical or oddly shaped. Gum contouring can address these types of issues. Gum contouring can also address problems stemming from gingivitis and periodontal disease.
There is no reason to feel insecure about your smile. If you find yourself covering your mouth when you talk, laugh, or smile because of your excessive gums, it is time for you to consider gum contouring. You and your dentist can discuss the best course of action for your mouth.
Dr. Carmona can help you decide if laser gum contouring is right for 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.