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Laser Gum Reshaping Candidates: Treating Gummy Smiles

Dr. Hellwig Jan 26, 2015

A woman smiling in a white roomDr. Peter Hellwig of San Diego is pleased to provide state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry services that enhance the teeth and gums. By addressing soft and hard tissues of the mouth, patients can heave the healthiest smiles possible.

Gummy smiles are smiles in which the gums are more prominent than the teeth. This can be a major issue for overall smile aesthetics. A number of people who have prominent gums/gummy smiles tend to feel self-conscious about smiling, even around people that they've known for many years. That's where laser gum contoruing comes into play, which we'd like to discuss in brief right now.

Common Causes of Prominent Gumlines

Some of the most common causes of gummy smiles tend to be related to genetics. If you have a family in which gummy smiles are common, it is very likely that you will have a gummy smile as well. Much of the time this has to do with the lip muscles, the nature of the upper lip, the position of the jaw joints, and other factors related to facial factors. Some medical conditions and medications can lead to changes in the gumline as well.

The Disadvantages of a Gummy Smile

Having a gummy smile, as we noted earlier, can make you feel self-conscious about your overall appearance. This can lead to issues with self-confidence and self-esteem. It's a cosmetic issue rather than a health matter, but aesthetics do make a difference in people's lives, which is why laser gum contouring is helpful.

How Laser Gum Contouring Works

Laser gum contouring uses safe soft tissue dental lasers to remove excess gum tissue and improve the appearance of the overall gumline in the process. The result is a more beautiful smile.

Laser gum contouring is a state-of-the-art alternative to the gum contouring methods of the past, which used scalpels and traditional surgical instruments. Soft tissue lasers cauterize as they cut, which means less bleeding for patients and drastically reduced chance of infection. Less anesthetic is necessary for laser gum contouring since the procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery with scalpels and other tools.

General Candidacy for Laser Gum Contouring

Ideal candidates for laser gum contouring are people who have gummy smiles and are in good general health overall. They should have realistic expectations about what laser gum contouring can accomplish and also be willing to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions for optimal care.

Patients Should Understand Risks and Benefits

Going into any procedure with realistic expectations is very important. Our team will go over all of the risks and benefits of laser gum contouring with patients so that they can make the most well-informed decisions regarding their dental care and dental health options. Providing this information empowers patients to make smart decisions and also offers realistic expectations in the process.

Recovery Is Faster Than Traditional Gum Contouring Methods

Since the soft tissue laser cauterizes as it cuts and prevents both excessive bleeding and infection in the process, today's patients experience a faster and much more comfortable recovery process when compared to the gum contouring patients of the past. It truly is a great convenience to patients and an improvement in terms of overall treatment effectiveness.

Learn More About Laser Gum Contouring

For more information about the cosmetic reshaping of the gums, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Peter Hellwig will be more than happy to go over all of your options for enhancing the overall look of your smile.

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