Laser gum treatment available at our Surbiton dental practice.
Most people who are seeking to improve their smile are likely to go to a cosmetic dentist for a procedure such as teeth whitening and treatments like this certainly do offer an excellent way to have great looking teeth.
For some people, whilst these procedures can improve their smile, the shape of their gums can also detract from it. Where gums are uneven or misshapen, people may well notice this before they even register the whiteness of your teeth.
Traditionally, this procedure would have been performed using a surgical scalpel. Whilst this is effective, it also causes a significant amount of bleeding and subsequent soreness whilst the wounds heal. Some foods, especially acidic ones, would need to be avoided for a while due to the discomfort they would cause to the gums.
Modern gum shaping no longer requires the use of a scalpel and, instead, a fine laser is used to shape the gums. This is a much more comfortable and accurate method, and, in addition, cauterises the wound as it goes, minimising any bleeding. Naturally, you are likely to experience a little soreness for a few days following the procedure, but your gums will soon return to normal and taking appropriate pain killing medication should be sufficient to keep any discomfort to a minimum. In most cases, a local anaesthetic will be given for the duration of the procedure.
One problem which this procedure is excellent for, is where the patient has what is sometimes referred to as a ‘gummy smile’. This does not cause any problems but can create an unappealing appearance. As it is often genetically inherited, there is little that can be done to prevent it, but, by removing the excess gum from the teeth, thereby raising the gum line, a gum contouring procedure can create an instant improvement for your smile.
As well as having nice looking gums, you should also remember to look after them. Gum disease can cause a number of problems, and, in its advanced stage can even potentially cause tooth loss. Earlier stages of gum disease can make your gums sore and red in appearance. Receding gums are also a possibility and, as well as looking less appealing, can expose the softer, more vulnerable dentine section of the tooth which would normally be protected by the gum.
If you are unhappy with your smile, whether due to your teeth or gums, why not contact the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton to discover how we can help you. Please call us on 020 8399 1291.