Gentle, Laser Gum Recontouring To Reshape A Gummy Smile
Your teeth may be the stars of your smile, but your gums are a critical supporting cast. Overlarge, imbalanced, or unhealthy gums can disrupt your attractive smile. Recontouring can help make your gums a more attractive part of your beautiful smile. Our soft tissue laser is a subtle and powerful tool that we use for gum recontouring. Gummy smiles can make you feel self-conscious and you may even find yourself smiling less because of it. We offer a cosmetic gum procedure that is quick and easy, with virtually no recovery time.
Laser gum recontouring fixes the appearance of a “gummy smile” caused by excess or prominent gum tissue. During treatment, our doctors gently remove the gum tissue with the laser, exposing more tooth structure and making the teeth look longer. This improves the ratio of gums to teeth and rejuvenates the entire smile.
A laser does not produce the noise or smell that a dental drill does, nor does it make physical contact with the teeth. There is less bleeding and discomfort after treatment. Laser gum recontouring is generally a more comfortable procedure for patients.
Are Your Gums the Problem?
Before we start a recontouring procedure, Dr. Grimshaw performs a thorough examination of your teeth. Your gummy smile might be due to overgrown gums. But sometimes the problem is that your teeth are too small. If that’s the case, we might recommend veneers or other restorations to lengthen your teeth instead.
Other times, the issue is that your lips rise too high when you smile, revealing too much of your gums. If that’s the case, we will refer you to someone who can adjust how high your lips rise when smiling.
Results Are Permanent
Once gum tissue is removed, it does not grow back. The recontoured gums should maintain their new shape indefinitely. Kuhn Dental encourages patients to practice proper oral hygiene habits to keep the gums healthy and clean.
Tongue Tie Release
What is tongue tie?
Tongue tie is the improper development of the anchoring of the tongue to the mouth, which results in limited tongue movement. The frenulum, which is what attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too short, too thin, or too tight to allow for proper tongue use.
A tongue-tie can affect both babies as well as adults of all ages. Releasing a tongue-tie is now an integral part of achieving optimal oral and dental health.
A tongue-tie is treated surgically with a procedure called a frenectomy. It’s simple, fast, and painless. We use a laser, which releases the frenulum attachment, and should only take a few minutes. The results are permanent and can also be life changing!
Inside your mouth, there is a piece of tissue that connects the gum to the lip and is called the labial frenum. If it is abnormally wide or long, it may connect through to the gum tissue between the teeth and extend to the front portion of the roof of the mouth. When the upper frenum is too wide or long, it can create a space between the two front teeth, and that may require a surgical procedure.
Here at Kuhn Dental, we use a laser made specifically to cut soft tissue to reduce the size of the frenum. This restores normal function of the lips and tongue and there are very few after-effects from this simple procedure.