Laser gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that is carried out to give you a perfect smile by reshaping your gums. It is ideal for people who are worried about their gummy smile, and wish that there would be lesser exposure of the gums when they smile. Laser gum contouring is a simple, pain-free procedure and the healing process is also real quick.
The introduction of soft tissue lasers has brought many benefits in dental treatment, especially in procedures like laser gum contouring. When soft tissue lasers are used during laser gum contouring (or reshaping of the gums) treatment, you experience lesser pain. Lesser pain at the time of treatment means the healing is going to be faster and the recovery time quicker.
Laser gum contouring, also known as laser gingivectomy, is one of the least invasive treatments to reduce the amount of gum that covers the teeth.
1- If you have teeth that are not fully expressed as a result of overgrown gum, then laser gum contouring is the ideal treatment for you. By cutting back the gum, more of the teeth become visible and you achieve a more beautiful smile.
2 – Laser gum contouring can be used to improve the appearance of some gummy smiles by reducing the gum level.
3 – Laser gum contouring does not involve sutures or incisions and so is less painful
4 – When gum overgrowth in between the teeth is caused as a side effect of some medication, laser gum contouring procedure can be very effective to remodel the gum.
Not at all. Laser gum contouring is a painless experience. The area where the laser gum contouring is carried out will be made numb before beginning the treatment, so the patient will not feel any pain. Post-treatment recovery too is quick in vast majority of cases. There will be no bleeding and by taking some easy measures, the gum heals within few days.
The best result with laser gum contouring is achieved in people whose teeth are covered with overgrown gum. There may also be cases where there is no overgrown gum, but a patient might just want to show less gum. Laser gum contouring can be effective in such cases as well, but it would depend on the depths of the periodontal pockets they have (ie the space around the teeth and tip of the gum). Usually the gum can be reduced between 0.5 mm and 2 mm. Also the bio-type of the gum determines how much of the gum can be reduced.
For people who want to improve their gummy smile, laser gum contouring can make a difference, but one has to be aware that it can have limited results. In dental terms, reduction of 1-2 mm of gum can make a large difference.
Some of the highlights of laser gum contouring procedure are:
- No bleeding
- No sutures
- Instant results
- No pain or discomfort in recovery
- Quick full healing within 7-10 days
- Much cheaper than the alternative options like crown lengthening.
Recovery is very quick when compared with alternative methods like crown lengthening procedure.
There are very few disadvantages. They can be listed as;
1- Re-growth of the gum is a possibility, as the gum level is ultimately determined by the bone level underneath it. With laser gum contouring, since no changes are made to the bone level, the gum can grow back. However, the laser treatment can be repeated again.
2- If too much gum is removed, then the root of the teeth – which have different colour from the crown of the tooth – might be exposed. In some such cases, the gum grows back and can correct this.
An alternative option to laser gum contouring is crown lengthening. In a healthy mouth, free from gum disease, the position of the gum is usually determined by the level of the bone underneath it. Traditionally, to show more of the teeth and reduce the gum level, the crown lengthening procedure is carried out. In this surgical procedure, first the level of the bone under the gum is modified (ie reduced and reshaped). The gum is then re-positioned and sutured in place, resulting in more of the teeth and less of the gum being exposed. With crown lengthening one can expect a more definitive final gum position compared to laser gum contouring, where the bone position is not altered.
1- Longer recovery time
2- More extensive surgical procedure
3- More discomfort after surgery
4- Need for suture removal after surgery
5- Further treatment after healing period may be needed, such as veneers.
6- Treatment is more expensive than laser gum contouring
With laser gum contouring, there is no bleeding, no pain and instant result.
Gum is fully healed within few days, fast recovery.
Only £50 per tooth
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