The procedure has many different names, including gum surgery, laser gum reshaping, gum contouring, and crown lengthening (the crown is the part of the tooth visible when you smile).
Laser dentistry eliminates many of the common complaints of traditional dentistry. A laser device replaces the rotary tool and can be used for everything from surgery to tooth bleaching.
The only addition to the dentistry procedure is the requirement of protective glasses to shield the eyes from the laser beam. A laser doesn’t make any noise and doesn’t require physical contact with your teeth. Water isn’t usually needed but air suction is used to keep the treated area cool.
The time span of a laser dentistry treatment can vary depending on the usage. Some treatments with the laser may only last a few moments, while others could last minutes. When it comes to surgery, laser dentistry offers several significant improvements. There’s not a big need for anesthesia, bleeding and swelling are reduced, and there’s not much discomfort afterwards. For tooth bleaching, a laser can speed up and enhance the action of the bleaching agents. Natural-looking fillings for cavities can be cured in minutes and patients can eat immediately afterwards. The benefits of laser dentistry are numerous and exciting!
Lasers can be tuned to affect different parts of the mouth. The enamel of your teeth, your gums, and whitening agents all react to different wavelengths of light. By tuning the laser to a specific task, the dentist can target a problem without causing other ones to crop up.
Even if a person has straight, healthy, and symmetrical teeth, the beauty of their smile may be diminished if the gum line is uneven or falls too far below the lip line. Often referred to as a "gummy" smile, it can make the teeth look small and cause people to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles. Ideally, the gums should appear even and smooth, and should act as a frame to complement a person's smile, rather than as a distraction from it. Fortunately, a gummy smile can now be corrected with procedures such as gum contouring.
In the past, patients who were troubled with "gummy" smiles could have the prominence of their gums reduced with a scalpel, which could cause bleeding and an uncomfortable recovery. Now, with the advent of laser dentistry, and tools such as the diode laser, patients can have their gums sculpted to perfectly accent their smiles in a fast, simple, and virtually painless procedure. Distinctive Dentistry offers sedation for patients who have dental fears or dental anxiety.
Patients who have uneven gums or gums that extend to mask a significant portion of their teeth are excellent candidates for laser gum contouring. Our dentists will reshape the gum line to lengthen the teeth, reduce the amount of gum that shows when you smile, and produce a more symmetrical gum line.