You can’t underestimate the role the gums play in the overall appearance of the mouth. Teeth that appear short and square give the look of a gummy smile, which ages you. Removing excess gum tissue (gingivectomy) and reshaping the remaining gum tissue (gingivoplasty), are efficient ways to reveal more of your teeth so that your smile, as a whole, is more proportionate and age appropriate.
“One thing that speeds up the treatment process is a new nonsurgical dental laser, the PerioLase,” says Atlanta, GA, cosmetic dentist Ronald Goldstein, DDS. “It treats the gums in a conservative manner by not cutting dental tissue.”
The combined procedures can not only remove excess gum but also enhance the shape of the teeth along the gum line.
Using a laser to reposition the gumline, your dentist can expose parts of the tooth that were previously covered, reestablishing height and vertical dimension. “As a general rule of thumb, you should barely have any pink showing above your teeth when you smile,” says New York cosmetic dentist Jason Kasarsky, DDS. With laser gum recontouring, your dentist will remove extra gum tissue and repositioning the gumline.
As a result, short teeth appear longer, and your smile will look more balanced. The procedure, which takes less than an hour per arch, yields permanent results and minimal downtime.
“It’s a very safe procedure; there are no stitches, rarely any swelling and the results are immediate,” Dr. Jason Kasarsky says. Best of all, it only requires topical anesthesia, which Dr. Jason Kasarsky says, “numbs the patient and is more conducive to precise results. When anesthesia is injected into the gums, it causes them to swell, distorting the way the gums look and making the procedure harder to perform.”