Even bright, white teeth can be visually unappealing if the surrounding gum tissues are uneven or have receded. Also known as tissue sculpting or gum reshaping, laser gingival recontouring is a simple procedure that can correct excessively low, high or uneven gums. This treatment makes it possible to create smooth, even gum lines and smiles that patients are proud to show off.
Common Problems with Uneven Gums and Their Causes
Gums that naturally cover a large portion of the teeth can make the tooth structures look too small for the mouth. This is usually the result of a chronic health issue, prolonged use of prescription medications or genetics.
Conversely, when the gums are too high, the teeth can look unnaturally long. This is the result of gum recession. During gum recession, the gum tissues start to draw back from the teeth. Recession exposes the sensitive, underlying dentin and even a small portion of the tooth root.
In addition to diminishing the aesthetic appeal of the smile, gum recession can lead to a host of oral health issues by increasing the likelihood of decay. It’s important to note that receding gums can also be an indicator of periodontal disease. This is a degenerative disease that leads to the deterioration of both the soft tissues that surround the teeth and the underlying bone structures.
Is It Necessary to Have Uneven Gums Contoured?
If performed on its own, gum contouring is a wholly cosmetic treatment. This is usually done to enhance the overall look of the smile and is not medically required. There are, however, many instances in which people have laser gingival recontouring performed as part of a larger, multi-pronged treatment plan for addressing periodontal issues.
Gum contouring can be done as part of a crown lengthening treatment to eliminate or reduce pockets or as part of a regenerative effort. When the gums are too long or tissue has grown over a portion of the tooth, recontouring involves little more than light trimming of the uneven areas.
Getting Ready for Laser Gingival Recontouring
Ideal candidates for laser gingival recontouring have good oral health overall. Cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease and other problems have already been identified and treated. Starting with a clean and infection-free mouth is essential for avoiding complications.
With locations in Orlando and Oviedo, the highly qualified professionals at Lach Orthodontic Specialists can discuss your treatment goals with you and determine if laser gingival recontouring is right for you. With an individualized treatment plan, you can look forward to having the bright, balanced smile that you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.