Laser gum contouring is an excellent option for patients who feel that they possess "gummy" smiles, or smiles that show too much gum tissue and not enough teeth. The gummy effect may make the teeth appear too short for the smile and can be a great source of insecurity for many people. With laser gum contouring, however, extra gum tissue can be removed to further expose the crowns of the teeth.
Using a special type of laser known as a diode, Dr. Susan Bernstein can precisely contour the gum line to safely meet your realistic aesthetic desires. The procedure requires application of a local anesthetic to the gums. The gum tissue is then removed by the laser, which vaporizes and closes the excess tissue to avoid cutting and bleeding. Reshaping the gums produces a gum line that reveals a symmetrical, healthy, bright smile.
Smaller amounts of gum tissue can be removed in 15 to 30 minutes. Substantially large amounts of excess tissue require a crown lengthening surgery that lasts one to two hours, and calls for four to six weeks of healing time. Laser gum contouring is often combined with the placement of porcelain veneers or other cosmetic dentistry options to optimize the new balanced aesthetics of the smile.
To speak with Dr. Bernstein about CEREC® 3D restorations, laser contouring, BriteSmile® laser teeth whitening, Invisalign® braces, or any other dental technology, please contact her greater Cincinnati area dental office today.