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|Many people who have a "gummy" smile are not aware that there is an easy and virtually pain-free solution available to them. Modern dental technology has allowed for laser gum recontouring to be completed in one brief visit to the dentist's office, with little to no recovery time needed. With gum recontouring, patients can enjoy a more adult-looking smile and teeth that appear larger and healthier in as little as one hour. Learn more about cosmetic gum recontouring and whether this simple procedure may be the solution to your gummy smile.|
When you smile, do more gums show than teeth? If you have a smile that is overshadowed by gums that descend too far onto the tooth surface or uneven gums, your smile is said to be "gummy". When a patient's gums appear too long, his or her teeth appear smaller, often lending a juvenile appearance to his or her smile. Thankfully, cosmetic dentists can now employ modern laser gum recontouring to help patients achieve the beautiful and shapely smiles of their dreams.
In the past, the only solution for a gummy smile was to either "grin and bear it", or to undergo painful gum recontouring. In traditional gum recontouring, a dentist used a scalpel to cut away excess gum tissue. The procedure was often painful, caused heavy bleeding, and required stitches and a long recovery period. With the advancement of modern dental technology, however, dentists can now use a special diode laser to custom-craft a patient's gum line in a quick procedure that is virtually pain and blood free, with little to no recovery time needed.
The gum recontouring procedure is normally only performed on the patient's front teeth. In the first step of gum recontouring, the dentist will gently numb the patient's front teeth to ensure his or her comfort during the procedure. Then, the dentist will use a soft-tissue diode laser to gently remove excess gum tissue and sculpt the gums into a more pleasing appearance. Because the diode laser cauterizes while it removes excess gum tissue, there is very little to no bleeding associated with modern gum recontouring. What's more, patients who undergo this quick procedure can return to daily activities immediately and need nothing more than an over-the-counter pain medication to deal with any discomfort.
With so many advances in modern dentistry, there is no reason that every dental patient should not have the smile of his or her dreams. If you are tired of your "gummy" smile, contact your cosmetic dentist today to schedule a laser gum recontouring appointment. You will be amazed at the transformation your smile will undergo in as little as one hour!
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