The appearance of your smile is not just affected by the appearance of your teeth. Gum tissue that is disproportionately larger than your teeth can make your teeth look small and result in what is commonly known as a “gummy smile.” Even if the gum tissue is proportionate to your teeth, there can be issues with the gum line that can make you feel insecure about your smile. Your gums frame for your teeth, so when your gum tissue is assymmetrical or too long or too short, it can make your teeth look imbalanced or off. Gum contouring can be a way to reshape your gumline and make you feel confident about the way your smile looks.
Disproportionately large gum tissue can be more than just a cosmetic issue because larger gums can be more susceptible to a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Because there is more surface area for harmful microbes to hide along and underneath, a “gummy smile” can be at a higher risk for periodontal disease. Bacteria that affects your gum tissue can lead to inflammation, irritation, and infection that can affect your oral health. Gum disease can put you at an increased risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and more. Depending on your gums, gum contouring may lead to a healthier smile.
Technology to Reshape Your Gum Tissue
Without advanced laser technology, gum contouring involves using a scalpel to remove excess gum tissue and then repairing the area with sutures. It can take some time for the tissue to heal. However, laser technology allows for gum contouring to be done without the use of a scalpel or a need for sutures. Gum contouring done with lasers allows for a minimal invasive procedure and a more comfortable recovery. The use of a laser typically does not cause bleeding to the gums, which helps eliminate the healing time. Laser technology is also much more precise, so that your gumline can be shaped with precision and accuracy.
Gum contouring is a way to reshape your gumline
Dr. Young can talk to you about gum contouring for your smile. We proudly help patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453.