Does Gum Contouring Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease?

For some patients, the appearances of their smiles are affected more by their gums than their teeth. To improve that appearance, many patients can benefit from cosmetic gum contouring, which helps straighten the tissues that frame their smiles. However, your gums play a more important role than just outlining your smile, and properly contouring the tissue offers more than just cosmetic benefits to your smile. With the help of lasers, gum contouring can also significantly reduce your risks of gum-related issues, like gum disease.

The Connection to Gum Disease

A gummy smile can be caused by many different factors, but its defining quality is the excessive or uneven growth of your gums over your teeth roots. This uneven display makes it easier for harmful oral bacteria to work their way underneath the tissues, leading to infection (known as gingivitis) and the development of gum disease. Like straight teeth, a straighter gum line is easier to keep clean and healthy by brushing and flossing every day. It also reduces your risks of the disease by eliminating vulnerable areas of your gum that may not make full contact with your tooth structure.

Why We Use Lasers

At our office, we often employ advanced laser technology to perform gum contouring faster, more comfortably, and with more accurate results. Typically, laser gum contouring eliminates the need for sutures by eliminating the need to use a scalpel. As an added bonus, the laser also efficiently eradicates harmful oral bacteria on and near the gum tissues. Once your procedure is complete, your gums will not only be straighter and more attractive, but also healthier and much less at risk of developing disease.

Learn More About the Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring

Improving your gum line offers immediate cosmetic benefits, but with lasers, it also improves the long-term health and integrity of your gums.  To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.