The appearance of gums that are too high on the teeth, gums that are too low on the teeth, or an uneven gum line can affect the aesthetics of a person’s smile. While these imperfections are often only cosmetic, they can cause a person to feel embarrassed, insecure, and self-conscious when smiling, laughing, and talking. Gums that cover too much of the teeth can create the appearance of a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile is a common issue among many of the patients of Brooklyn cosmetic dentist Gary Herskovits. Through laser gum contouring, Dr. Herskovits can address the issues causing a patient to feel unhappy with the aesthetics of his or her smile. Laser gum contouring can improve the appearance of the gums and bring the gums and teeth into a harmonious balance.
Gums that appear to be too high on the teeth may be caused by gum recession. Gum recession can compromise the health of the gums and even result in the loss of one or more teeth. When the tissues of the gums begin to recede from the teeth, the roots of the teeth become exposed. Teeth with exposed roots are at a greater risk of tooth decay. To prevent tooth loss and to maintain the health of the teeth and gums, the causes of a patient’s gum recession must be treated.
A jagged gumline can make a person’s teeth appear misshapen or misaligned. Excessive gum tissue, an uneven gumline, overhanging gum tissue, and receding gum tissue do not have to prevent a person from having the smile he or she desires. Laser gum contouring can address these and other issues to create a beautiful smile. The gum contouring procedure, especially when using a laser, is an effective and safe option for many patients with issues affecting the gums.
The laser gum contouring procedure is virtually painless. To ensure that a patient experiences minimal discomfort, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area before the laser gum contouring surgery begins. By using a laser during the gum contouring surgery, bleeding is minimized. The risk of infection following the procedure is reduced for patients undergoing laser gum contouring as opposed to gum contouring surgery that uses a scalpel. During laser gum contouring surgery, excessive gum tissue is excised. The remaining gum tissue is then sculpted to create a more proportionate and even gumline.
The recovery process after laser gum contouring is relatively painless. Most patients find that they can control any discomfort experienced after surgery with over-the-counter pain relievers. Patients may experience swelling in the gums for a few days after the laser gum contouring procedure. It is recommended that patients eat soft foods for the first three to four days after surgery. Spicy foods or foods that contain seeds should be avoided.
Laser gum contouring is a safe and effective solution to many aesthetic problems involving the gums. In conjunction with laser gum contouring, many patients also choose to correct other aesthetic issues within their smiles . Porcelain veneers are among the most effective and popular treatments used today to conceal and improve the appearance of imperfections within the smile. To learn more about how laser gum contouring can bring harmony and balance to your smile, please contact the team at Brooklyn Smile today.