Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
Do you have a “gummy” smile? This occurs when your gums cover a significant portion of your teeth, causing teeth to appear too long or too short.
Do you have uneven gums? This also can leave a person feeling unhappy about his or her smile. A gummy smile also can make it difficult to keep your teeth and gums clean, affecting your overall oral health.
Whether your gums rest too low or too high or are uneven, a laser treatment to recontour your gums can be the easiest solution to a beautiful smile. Laser gum recontouring is one of the cutting-edge cosmetic procedures offered at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry.
What causes a gummy smile?
A gummy smile can be caused by an abnormal eruption of teeth, hyperactive upper lip muscles, or improper growth of the jaw. A gummy smile can have more than just cosmetic consequences; they can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean, which increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss.
Laser versus traditional method of gum surgery
In previous years, the only way to correct a gummy smile was by reducing the prominence of the gums through the use of a scalpel and closing up the incisions with sutures. As you can imagine, having a scalpel cut directly into the soft tissue of the gums results in a higher level of discomfort, and longer recovery time. There also is a higher risk of bleeding and infection, which doesn’t sound pleasant. Plus, traditional gum surgery can only be performed on a few teeth at a time, unlike when using a laser, which means that it could take months to achieve a patient’s desired results.
Laser gum recontouring offers these benefits:
- Less pain
- Faster procedure
- Less recovery time
- Less bleeding
- Multiple teeth can be treated in one appointment
Laser gum recontouring provides better results in less time, and with less discomfort. The laser works by cauterizing and vaporizing the tissue as it removes it, which means it closes up the incision so that there is less bleeding and a lower risk of infection. Expertly trained cosmetic dentists in Scotts Valley, such as Drs. Ebrahimian can recontour your gums using a specially designed dental laser to produce a more confident, and healthier smile.
Post-op care with laser surgery
You may encounter gum tenderness for up to a week following a laser gum recontouring procedure, but you can continue to eat and drink as you normally would. We also suggest using an oral rinse to keep the surgical site clean. Any post-procedure pain is typically minimal, but can usually be managed by taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen. Since there is minimal downtime expected with laser gum recontouring, you can be back to your usual routine in no time.
Laser Gum Recontouring in Scotts Valley
Want to learn more about gum recontouring, or see if this procedure could benefit you? Call our office at (831) 824-5111 to schedule an appointment.
Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.