If you suffer from puffy gums or “gummy” smile, let the experienced professionals at Gateway Dental Care, in Pleasanton, help you with laser gum recontouring. Dr. Kitagawa is one of Pleasanton’s best dental care providers. She specializes in sedation dentistry in order to make each visit as comfortable as possible, especially for those who have a fear of going to the dentist.
What Is Laser Gum Recontouring?
Gum recontouring is a cosmetic process that uses a laser to sculpt a new, more esthetically pleasing gum line. Some people find their gum line is uneven or is too prominent. By gently removing excess gum tissue with the precision of a laser designed for soft-tissue, we can help reduce the amount of gum tissue in relationship to your teeth. While it is not a health concern to have excess gum tissue, it can be bothersome to the person who feels their gums are diminishing their smile.
What Causes A Gummy Smile?
When your gum line falls below the lip line, it creates what is referred to as a “gummy” smile because it diminishes the teeth, making them look small in a sea of gum tissue. A hyperactive muscle, the one controlling lip movement, or a bite that is poorly aligned can also cause a gummy smile. Other times, the application of dental devices such as braces can cause your gums to appear puffy and “gummier” than they used to.
How Is Laser Gum Recontouring Done?
Thanks to the advances in technology and the invention of the diode laser, the process of recontouring is relatively simple and painless. The procedure can be completed in just one visit! After your mouth is numbed from the application of a local anesthetic, the laser is used wherever Dr. Kitagawa has determined necessary for your new improved gum line. The laser is a precision instrument that instantaneously vaporizes gum tissue without leaving you with a burning sensation in the mouth. The heat from the laser also simultaneously cauterizes the remaining tissue, which stops bleeding and reduces infection.
Get The Smile You Want
With the superior recontouring of the diode laser and the faster, less painful recovery time, getting the beautiful smile you want is even more of a reality. Contact Gateway Dental Care today to speak with one of our friendly staff members about what we can do to help redefine your smile.