Having an attractive smile is an asset. However, many people are unhappy with the appearance of their grin. It is not always the teeth that are the problem. You can have white, straight teeth, yet if too much gum tissue is showing, they can look short or stubby. A “gummy” smile is a common complaint amongst our patients at Gilreath Family Dentistry, but it is not something they need to live with if they would prefer a change. Gum sculpting can minimize exposed gum tissue, enhancing the beauty of your smile.
Gum sculpting surgery may sound invasive, but the procedure is quick and has very little discomfort. Laser surgery is used to trim excess gum tissue to expose the teeth, and the procedure can be completed in one visit. Laser surgery for cosmetic gum sculpting has the benefit of cutting and sealing the gum tissue in one process. This limits bleeding and the chance of infection. Once completed, the results are immediate. Only the visible gums need to be sculpted, and local anesthesia makes the procedure painless. While there is tenderness once the anesthesia wears off, the discomfort will quickly dissipate and can be managed with pain relievers.
Is Gum Reshaping Surgery Right for You?
If you feel like your teeth look too short or uneven or more gum tissue is showing when you smile than you would prefer, gum reshaping may be right for you. Dr. Gilreath can exam your teeth and gums to determine whether laser gum contouring will create the look you desire. This procedure can be combined with other cosmetic treatments to give you a complete smile makeover, improving the overall appearance when you show the world your smile.
If you are interested in gum sculpting or any of our cosmetic dental services, contact our office in Marietta to schedule a consultation.