Individuals with a gummy smile or those with receding gums can now enhance their smiles with a safe, pain-free gum recontouring procedure. With the help of the Hoya Con Bio laser, Dr. Firouzi can remove excess gum tissue to reduce your gummy smile or graft gum tissue to your receding gums to restore the natural beauty of your smile.
Reducing your Gummy Smile
Many individuals with a gummy smile are under the assumption that they have abnormally small teeth. This is very rarely the case. Most gummy smiles are the result of overdeveloped gum tissue or gum tissue that has not receded properly. This is good news in many ways, because removing excess gum tissue is a fairly simple procedure. Dr. Firouzi will use the Hoya Con Bio laser to remove this unwanted tissue in one dental visit, redesigning your smile line to reveal more of your teeth and less of your gums.
In some gummy smile cases, removal of bone tissue may be necessary. Again, Dr. Firouzi can use laser technology to safely remove any overdeveloped bone tissue to redesign your smile line.
Gum Grafts and Transplants
Receding gums can be the result of many things. Aging, trauma, gum disease, even aggressive brushing can lead to receding gums. Your teeth need to be protected by your gums in order to avoid tooth sensitivity and to protect the roots from decay. Therefore, gum grafts are often necessary in order to maintain good oral health, not just to treat a cosmetic concern.
Gum grafting procedures are usually more involved than gum removal procedures. Muscles that pull at the affected gum area are often part of the reason why the gums have receded. It is sometimes necessary to modify these muscles in order to prevent them from causing further damage.
In both gum reduction and gum grafting, local anesthesia will be used to eliminate pain. Among the many advantages to laser technology is its ability to minimize infection risk, as well as minimize the necessity of sutures. Many of our gum recontouring procedures require no stitches whatsoever.