Bulging gums can be a problem. Your teeth may look great and your smile may be otherwise healthy, but a bulging gum line can throw off smile aesthetics a great deal. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers gum contouring, an aesthetic solution for this problem. Cutting edge technology has led to the development of laser gum contouring. This next step forward in cosmetic treatments has worked wonders for countless people who want to improve the aesthetics of their smile. Let’s cover the basics and the benefits of laser gum contouring.
What is Laser Gum Contouring
Laser gum contouring or reshaping is a cosmetic dental procedure used to contour the gum tissue. A dental laser is the tool of choice for this procedure as dental lasers produce better results than tradition scalpels, in addition to less pain, less invasive and a quicker recovery.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
First the periodontist will begin the treatment with a local anesthetic to numb the gums. The dental laser is then used to gently remove excess gum tissues. These soft tissue lasers are safe and accurate, and can cut soft tissues with the accuracy of a scalpel. By reshaping the patient’s gums, the prominence of the gum tissue as they smile is reduced. This leads to a better overall appearance. Since a laser is used during this type of gum contouring, there are some important benefits like less bleeding, less side effects, reduced risk of infections and faster healing.
How Long Does It Take to Recover?
The healing times are much shorter in the laser technology used than the traditional gum contouring. Patients will be back to normal activities sooner, which is very convenient. Still during the healing process, you should avoid hard, crunchy foods, like corn chips, as they can irritate the gums. Also avoid foods with small seeds and popcorn, as the small pieces can lodge between the teeth and gums and prevent healing. Special care must be taken when brushing and flossing your teeth following laser gum reshaping.