Being dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile can cause insecurities and a lack of confidence. Some people may believe that the appearance of your smile relies solely on the looks of your teeth, but your gums play a big role in the look of your smile. Gums that are disproportionately larger than the teeth can lead to what is referred to as a “gummy smile.” Gums can be jagged or asymmetrical leaving the smile to look a little lopsided. Laser gum contouring is a treatment to address these cosmetic issues that may affect your gums.
A “gummy smile” affects more than just the appearance of your smile. Disproportionately large gums are more susceptible to gum disease. When gums cover the teeth too much, there is ample area for plaque, tartar, and bacteria to hide beneath the gum line. This harmful bacteria can irritate the gums ultimately leading to inflammation and infection of the gums. Gum disease can lead to an increased risk of tooth loss, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and more. While laser gum contouring can give you the smile you are looking for, it can also help decrease your risk of gum disease.
Without laser technology, gum contouring involves a scalpel to remove excess gum tissue and sutures to repair the area. With laser technology, gum contouring involves a precision laser to remove excess gum tissue with minimal invasiveness and a more comfortable recovery. A local anesthetic may be used on the area to minimize pain during the procedure. The soft-tissue diode laser should not cause bleeding, which means that there is no need to stitch the area with sutures after the contouring. Laser gum contouring can be more precise to give you a proportional and symmetrical smile.
Laser gum contouring can give you a smile that makes you feel confident and decrease your risk for gum disease. 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.