Reshaping Gummy Smiles with Lasers

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. At our office, we often perform such procedures using a specially calibrated laser, which creates 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.

How Laser Gum Contouring Works

Gummy smiles can be the result of a number of possible underlying issues, and laser gum contouring can be performed in most cases. After carefully examining your smile to ensure that it’s the right treatment, your dentist will use advanced dental technology to gauge the ideal contour for your gum line. Then, he can utilize the specially calibrated, soft-tissue laser to gently and precisely trim away the excess tissue, creating a symmetrical gum line that better fits your smile and makes maintaining your good oral health easier.

Contouring a Better Gum Line for Your Smile

A gummy smile can be a nuisance, but more importantly, it might be at higher risk of issues like gum disease. With gum contouring, we can improve your smile’s appearance while also reducing your risks of developing gum disease. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453.