Some people may that that the appearance of your smile relies entirely on the way your teeth look, but your gums play a big role in the look of your smile. Gums that are disproportionately bigger than the teeth can lead to what is referred to as a “gummy smile.” Gums can be asymmetrical or jagged can make the smile look a little lopsided. Issues with your gums look can make you feel insecure about your smile’s appearance and it could cause problems with your smile’s health. Laser gum contouring is a treatment option that may be able to address issues that affect your gums.
A “gummy smile” can affect more than just the appearance of your smile. Disproportionately large gums can be more susceptible to gum disease because a larger surface area can equal larger risk. Excessive gum tissue can be a ripe area for plaque, tartar, and bacteria to hide along and beneath the gum line. A build up of harmful bacteria can irritate the gums and possibly lead to inflammation and infection of the gums. Gum disease causes an increased risk of tooth loss, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and more. While laser gum contouring can give you the appearance of the smile you are looking for, it can also help decrease your risk of gum disease.
Without the use of laser technology, gum contouring involves a scalpel to remove excess gum tissue and then sutures to repair the area. With laser technology, gum contouring involves a precision laser to remove excess gum tissue. It allows for minimal invasiveness and a more comfortable recovery. The soft-tissue diode laser typically does not cause bleeding, which means there is no need to suture the area after the contouring. Laser gum contouring can be more precise way to give you a proportional, symmetrical, healthy smile.
Laser gum contouring can give you a healthy, 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.