Laser gum sculpting is a procedure that involves a laser to remove and re-shape excessive gum tissue. There are both cosmetic and oral health benefits that can be reaped from laser gum sculpting. Below is a list of some of the benefits that can be reaped from laser gum sculpting:
Correct a Gummy Smile
A gummy smile is a condition where one’s teeth appear very small due to excessive gingival tissue. Laser gum sculpting helps correct a gummy smile by removing and reshaping excess gum tissue. This helps lift the gum line and reveal more of the teeth.
Correct Uneven Gums
Many patients also suffer from uneven or receding gums. This problem occurs most often in people who are over the age of 40. However, it can affect children and teens. In fact, some children are born with uneven gums. Uneven gums can also be caused by teeth grinding, hard brushing, incorrect flossing, smoking, or chewing tobacco.
Sensitive teeth and gums are a common sign of uneven gums. Discolored teeth are another sign of uneven gums. Additionally, uneven gums can cause the teeth to appear much larger than normal. Uneven gums can also be corrected with laser gum sculpting. This procedure helps produce gums that are more symmetrical by removing the excessive gum tissue. Keep in mind that the laser does not affect the healthy gum tissue.
Improved Oral Health
Many people have an easier time brushing and flossing their teeth after the excessive gum tissue is removed. This can help improve overall health.
Having a gummy smile or uneven gums can make one feel embarrassed. Many people are reluctant to smile because they are unhappy with the way their teeth and gums look. Because laser gum sculpting can help improve one’s smile, it can also improve confidence.
Laser gum sculpting is a minimally invasive procedure. It is also very safe, and the recovery time is very brief. This procedure also causes less bleeding than traditional gum sculpting. Additionally, the chances of developing an infection from laser gum sculpting are also lower.
Most people will be able to return to their normal activities within just a few days of their procedure. However, patients are strongly encouraged to eat soft foods for the first few days after their procedure. It is also a good idea to avoid very spicy foods for a few days after your procedure.
If you’re interested in corrected your gums with laser gum sculpting, Runnels Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics can help. Doctor Scott Runnels will work with you to determine the safest and most effective treatment plan for your needs. Contact Runnels Orthodontics today to schedule your consultation or stop by our Destin or Panama City Beach location.