Surgery has long been a part of dental health treatments, especially when it comes to periodontal issues. For instance, correcting a gummy smile has traditionally meant carefully trimming the excess gum tissues with a scalpel, which evens out a patient’s gum line for a symmetrical appearance. As you can imagine, the scalpel made this procedure very uncomfortable.
At our office, we use a specially calibrated laser instead of a scalpel to create more precise results with minimal discomfort and no sutures needed afterward. In addition to improving the appearance of your gums, laser gum contouring also improves your oral and periodontal health by eliminating excess spaces for oral bacteria to hide. This reduces your risks of gum disease, which can lead to gum recession and, in severe cases, tooth loss.