Even if you are fortunate enough to enjoy straight, healthy, symmetrical teeth, the radiance of your smile may be diminished if your gum line is either too high or too low, causing you to feel self-conscious about your smile.
Gum lines that are too low cover a large portion of the teeth, causing them to appear small and creating a “gummy” smile. Low gum lines may be the result of a medical condition, prescription drugs, or simply genetics.
Gum lines that are too high cause the gums to appear receded and teeth to appear long. High gum lines are often cause by gum recession, which can not only make your teeth seem large, but can also lead to serious dental problems such as tooth decay.
Ideally, your gums should look straight and even, and act as a frame that complements your smile rather than detracts from it. Fortunately for Albuquerque patients, laser gum contouring can smooth out an uneven gum line to create a smile that you can be truly proud of.
The gum contouring procedure is performed at a cosmetic dentist’s office under local anesthesia and can be accomplished in just one visit. Before your surgery, your dentist will mark what will be your new gum line so that you can see precisely how it will be reshaped. Your dentist will then use a diode laser to gently cut away excess gum tissue in order to sculpt a clean and even gum line. Diode lasers cauterize while they cut, which means you will experience less bleeding and a significantly reduced risk of infection compared to other techniques used for gum line contouring.
After your gum line contouring procedure, you may experience minor discomfort and swelling for up to one week, and will be encouraged to take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil. Your discomfort will not interfere with your normal daily routine such as eating, drinking, or speaking, although it is recommended that laser gum contouring patients eat soft cool foods such as yogurt and ice cream while they are healing. Spicy foods and food with seeds in it should be avoided until the gums are completely healed. Follow your dentist’s instructions on how to care for your gums, brush your teeth, and maintain good oral hygiene while you are recovering.
While the risk of laser gum contouring complications is low, there are still some issues that can occur such as an adverse reaction to the anesthetic or excessive swelling and bleeding. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your dentist.
Reshaping the gum line to reduce the amount of gum that shows when you smile will produce lengthened teeth, straightened gums, and a symmetrical smile. For even better results, patients may also consider combining their laser gum contouring with other cosmetic procedures such as the placement of porcelain veneers.
Learn More about Laser Gum Contouring
If you are longing for a smile that appears less gummy and more even, then laser gum contouring may be the answer for you. Contact the highly skilled staff at Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico for a consultation and be on your way to unveiling your most beautiful smile yet.