Having excessive gum tissue can make your teeth look uneven and smaller than it actually is. This condition is known as a ‘gummy smile’. If you have a gummy smile, then laser gum contouring is the best treatment for you. In this blog, we are going to be talking about laser gum contouring procedure, how it can change your smile and how it can boost your self-confidence.
What is Laser Gum Contouring treatment?
Laser gum contouring is a cosmetic dental treatment that is used to correct the gum line by reshaping and removing excess gum tissue using a laser. Before the advent of lasers in dentistry, scalpels were used to cut and remove the excess gum tissue. This was a rather painful process for the patients and required longer recovery periods. The use of lasers instead of scalpels has made the procedure almost painless. Lasers cauterize as they cut which allows for a quicker healing time, less pain and lower risk of infection.
How does Laser Gum Contouring work?
The first step of laser gum contouring begins with your dentist applying a numbing solution on your gums to eliminate any kind of discomfort or pain during the procedure. After this, your dentist will start measuring your gum tissue using digital imaging to determine how much gum tissue needs to be removed. Once the amount of gum tissue required to be removed has been determined, your dentist will start removing excess gum tissue using a special soft tissue laser. The laser used in this procedure cauterizes and sterilizes the tissue simultaneously which reduces the risk of infection. So in actual terms, there is a laser disinfection process also going on simultaneously.
Since there is no need for any stitches, the recovery period after the procedure is also reduced. Most people will fully recover within a day’s time after the procedure while some might take a little longer. As a general rule of thumb, it is not advised to eat foods that might irritate the treated gum.
What are the advantages of Laser Gum Contouring over Conventional Gum Contouring?
- Reduced pain
- Reduced bleeding
- Improved accuracy
- Less recovery period
- Lower risk of Infection
- Disinfection by laser in the process
With the Laser Gum Contouring procedure, you can bid goodbye to your gummy smile and smile with confidence. The new smile you sport certainly boosts your confidence level and can definitely contribute to your success.