When it comes to the appearance of your smile, it is common to consider the shape, color and position of your teeth. While straight, white teeth certainly produce an attractive smile, it is equally important to consider the frame of your smile – your gums! The condition and appearance of your gums can play a strong role in the look of your overall smile. While depleting gum tissue (gum recession) can be addressed with grafting procedures, it is also common for patients to have too much gums. Not only can an uneven gum line or excess gum tissue be a distraction from your smile beauty, but unsightly gums can also impact the appearance of your teeth. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry includes treatments for your gums.
Gum sculpting, also called gum reshaping or gum contouring, is a quick, minimally-invasive procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of the gum tissue that surrounds your pearly whites.
What Can Gum Sculpting Do?
It is common to speak of the gums in terms of their health. However, the esthetics of your gums can also be a concern. Gum sculpting can address a variety of cosmetic elements within the gums, especially the gums that show when you smile. Using laser technology, a skilled cosmetic dentist use gum sculpting to create a more even gum line and one that is also more proportionate to the size of your teeth. Patients consider gum reshaping for the following reasons:
- To eliminate a “gummy” smile (heavy or excessive amount of gum tissue)
- To highlight front teeth or make them appear larger
- To straighten the gum line and create a more symmetrical smile
What Does Laser Gum Sculpting Involve?
At Gilreath Family Dental, we offer laser surgery to trim excess gum tissue and improve the appearance of your smile. The procedure is quick, painless and can be completed in just one visit with a local anesthetic. Laser cosmetic gum sculpting can cut and seal the gum tissue with one technique. It eliminates the need for scalpel and stitches. In doing so, laser gum sculpting limits bleeding and bruising while also decreasing the risk of infection.
If you are bothered by a “gummy smile” or a gum line that is not even, let us help. Call Dr. Gilreath today to learn more about gum sculpting using dental lasers.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,