Healthy gums play an important role in maintaining good oral health. When the gums are healthy, they fit tightly around the teeth, which helps to keep the teeth strong. Gums that are too high or low expose more of the tooth and lead to more bacteria and sensitivity.
Sometimes, a patient’s gums are too high or too low on the teeth, which makes the patient self-conscious about his or her smile. In these cases, a dentist can use a laser to reshape the gums into a more aesthetically pleasing position. This procedure may be referred to as laser gum contouring or crown lengthening. Laser gum contouring is minimally invasive and doesn’t require stitches or sutures. It can make patients’ smiles look straighter and more symmetrical.
The dentist will explain this procedure in greater detail during a personal consultation at our practice. They will perform a complete examination of the patient’s teeth and gums and ensure that the patient is an appropriate candidate for this procedure before moving forward. Generally, patients in good health who have excessive gum tissue are good candidates for this cosmetic dentistry treatment. However, patients with gum disease are not candidates for this treatment as it can increase the risk of disease progression. In most cases, dentists will suggest patients undergo treatment for gum disease first to ensure their oral health is in optimal condition.
During treatment, the area around the affected teeth will be numbed to prevent discomfort. The dentist will then trim away excess gum tissue in order to expose more of the natural tooth surface for an improved appearance. Once the desired results are achieved, the dentist will apply medical-grade composite resin to the reshaped area to protect the roots and further improve the overall appearance of the smile.
There are several benefits to undergoing cosmetic procedures, such as gum reshaping to enhance the appearance of your smile. The process can improve the symmetry of your teeth and can also minimize any unevenness or spots on your gums.
If your teeth are too short, or if you are missing a tooth altogether, gum reshaping can lengthen the look of your smile and make it appear more even throughout. This is an effective procedure to treat your gummy smile and can be customized to the shape of your mouth. Your dentist will work with you to determine the best course of action for your situation and create a personalized treatment plan to fit your goals and budget.
Visit Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry at 2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328, Washington, DC 20037, or call (202) 785-4141 to learn more about tips to maintain a healthy smile.