If you have excessive gum tissue that extends too low on one tooth or an entire row, your teeth can appear too small, uneven and unhealthy. While puffy, red or irritated gums may be a sign of gum disease, not everyone who has a “gummy smile” is suffering from this dental condition. Excessive gum tissue can be caused by a number of reasons, including:
Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick performs laser gum recontouring procedures for patients who are uncomfortable or embarrassed by a gummy smile.
Importance of Even Gum Lines
Having the right amount of gum tissue on your teeth can be the difference between a beautifully framed smile and teeth that appear overtaken by gum tissue. The term “excessive gum tissue” is relative; sometimes it is not blatantly obvious that a simple gum recontouring procedure is all that is needed to make your teeth look more uniform. In fact, some patients are not aware that removal of excessive gum tissue could enhance their smiles.
During a dental consultation, Dr. Chapnick will ask you what areas of concern you have about your teeth. If the size of your teeth is bothersome, he can analyze your smile to determine whether laser gum recontouring would produce the desired effect.
How Gum Recontouring Works
Gum recontouring with a scalpel is a thing of the past. Today, cosmetic dentists use lasers to quickly and precisely remove excess gum tissue. Dr. Chapnick uses the Biolase soft tissue laser in his Barrie and Toronto offices for this procedure. He uses a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated and then begins to shape your gum line by simultaneously removing and cauterizing excess tissue. Even minor soft tissue removal can make a huge difference in your smile.
Lasers have many advantages over the traditional methods using a scalpel, including:
If you feel that your gummy smile is hidden by too much gum tissue, make is beautiful by contacting our office to schedule an initial gum recontouring consultation with Dr. Adam Chapnick in Barrie or Toronto.