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How Laser Gum Contouring Can Improve Your Smile

Last updated 2 years ago

It is easy to overlook the important role that gums play in the appearance of a person’s smile—yet an even and healthy gum line is essential to showcasing beautiful teeth. Fortunately, your dentist can use laser gum contouring to treat this issue by reshaping gum tissue. Read on to learn how the process works to improve patients’ smiles:

What Is Laser Gum Contouring?

Laser gum contouring is a relatively simple procedure that works to reduce the appearance of a “gummy” smile. The treatment is painless, as it uses a laser to cut and cauterize the excess gum tissue that makes teeth appear small or uneven. This process results in a natural-looking and attractive smile.

How Does It Work?

Laser gum contouring uses a concentrated laser beam to remove extra gum tissue. When performed with a topical anesthetic, the procedure is generally painless. Based on the way your gums overlap your teeth, your dentist will carefully remove any unnecessary tissue to create a more proportionate appearance. Given the nature of the gum tissue, the area heals quickly and with little discomfort.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

This procedure corrects the appearance of the gum line, so it can only be used on patients whose gums extend too far over their teeth. A good candidate will have healthy gum tissue that is free of inflammation and redness, since swollen gum tissue distorts the appearance of the smile, making it hard for your dentist to evaluate how to effectively contour your gums.

If you are self-conscious about your gummy smile, you could greatly benefit from laser gum contouring. To learn more about this procedure, contact E Dental Solutions at (520) 441-6725. Dr. Wissinger, Tucson’s premier dentist, is ready to bring out your perfect smile!


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