If certain areas of your gum tissue covers more of your tooth structure than it does in other areas, then your entire smile can seem as though something’s off with its appearance. Besides throwing your smile off, however, a gummy smile can affect your oral health in several other ways. The uneven gum line can make it easier for dangerous oral bacteria to hide, which lead to serious complications for your oral health in the future. Fortunately, you can improve your smile’s appearance and avoid such heightened risks by correcting your gum line with laser contouring.
Reasons to Correct It
Laser gum contouring is the process of carefully sculpting your gum line to ensure its healthy and symmetrical appearance. This leads to improved overall confidence in your smile, but also improved oral health in the immediate and long-term. For instance, a straighter gum line is easier for you to keep clean of oral bacteria with your toothbrush and floss. In addition, gum contouring reduces your risks of excessive gum recession (separation of your teeth), which can give oral bacteria the chance to settle securely underneath your gums.
The Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring
The process of gum contouring has typically been performed with a scalpel, though increasingly more patients are benefiting from more advanced laser dentistry. Using a specially calibrated, soft-tissue laser, your dentist can more accurately trim your gum tissue into a straighter and more attractive line. The heat produced by the laser promotes a faster healing process so there is little or no bleeding, and in addition, it can more easily eradicate nearby bacteria that could lead to gum disease or infection during the healing process.
Find Out if You Can Benefit from Laser Gum Contouring
If you have a gummy smile, then improve its appearance and your oral health with the help of laser gum contouring. 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.