Straight, white teeth are critical components of a beautiful smile, but the contouring of your gum tissue also plays a role. If you have an overly “gummy” smile, laser gum reduction from Nicole Thompson, DMD, of Lovely Smiles Orthodontics in Richmond, Texas, can be an outstanding option. Explore this cosmetic procedure in more detail after you book a visit online or over the phone.
Everyone has unique anatomy, and the shape of your gum tissue is no exception. Some people have gums that extend farther down the surface of their teeth than others.
In some cases, excess gum tissue develops during childhood. Some kids have so much extra gum tissue the majority of their tooth surface is covered. Swollen, inflamed gums can also create the appearance of excess gum tissue, altering the look of your smile.
If excess gum tissue is covering a significant portion of your tooth tissue, laser gum reduction can help refine the contouring of your smile. It’s important to note that if inflammation is the source of a gummy smile, treating the underlying gum disease is the most important step.
Laser gum reduction uses carefully controlled beams of light to remove excess gum tissue. Unlike older techniques that used a scalpel to sculpt gum tissue, laser treatment platforms can prevent excess bleeding and reduce the risk of infection.
As the laser moves across the surface of your gum line, unwanted tissue is vaporized. The laser cauterizes your tissue as it removes the targeted areas. This effectively “seals out” bacteria and other materials that can cause infection.
As with most cosmetic dentistry treatments, laser gum reduction is as much art as it is science. Dr. Thompson has the skills, training, and artistic vision needed to sculpt a gum line that highlights your smile.
While laser gum reduction uses carefully controlled laser energy to alter your gum tissue, the process is not painful. Most people find this type of treatment easy to tolerate.
If you have dental anxiety or sensitive teeth or gums, ask Dr. Thompson about options for numbing the treatment area prior to beginning the laser gum reduction procedure. There are ways to help you manage these kinds of treatments with ease, even if you have dental anxiety or a low pain threshold.
When you’re ready to learn more about how laser gum reduction can enhance the beauty of your smile, call the office to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and can be done from home, any time of day or night.