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Gum Recontouring – Arcadia

Fixing a Gummy Smile

When you look in the mirror, do your teeth look too small? Or are you distracted by an uneven gum line? A gummy smile can be very distracting and make you reluctant to show off your pearly whites. Dr. Canzoneri can get rid of excessive or unsightly gum tissue thanks safe, effective laser dentistry that causes minimal damage to the gum tissue. If you’re tired of your gums overshadowing your grin, contact our practice to ask about smile correction in Arcadia.

What is a Gummy Smile?

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When the upper gums are too prominent in your mouth or are out of proportion with the visible parts of your teeth, it’s called a gummy smile. The condition is very common, but there are a few different causes. It might be a result of an overgrowth of gum tissue, or it could simply be that your teeth didn’t erupt properly and thus look shorter than normal even if they’re the proper length. Sometimes the actual proportions of visible teeth to gums is normal and your smile only looks gummy because your upper lip is moving too much when you smile.

How Does Gum Recontouring Work?

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Gum recontouring is a procedure that removes extra gum tissue and evens out the gum line. In the past, this procedure had to be done with a scalpel, but thanks to modern dental technology, Dr. Canzoneri can make the surgery easier and more efficient by using a dental laser instead. The gums are anesthetized, and you’ll experience little if any discomfort. Also, since the laser is so precise, we can make sure only the part of the gums that need the treatment are affected, which helps speed up recovery time. After just one visit, you’ll be able to walk away with a much more dazzling smile!

Performing Gum Recontouring with Waterlase®

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When it comes to laser dentistry, Dr. Canzoneri uses the Waterlase system. This combines laser energy with a spray of water and air. This allows us to keep the tooth hydrated throughout the procedure. Doing so will greatly increase your comfort levels and help create a virtually pain-free experience. In fact, in some cases Waterlase can eliminate the need for an anesthetic! The laser is also very hygienic; it’ll sterilize your teeth and gums during the surgery (something traditional metal tools can’t do), so there’ll be a much lower risk of an infection afterwards.

Benefits of Gum Recontouring

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  • The procedure can correct all kinds of cosmetic problems with your gumline and leave you with a more attractive smile.
  • A procedure done with a laser is not only safe, it’s also more precise and allows for faster recovery times than a surgery done with metal tools.
  • Your gums will be easier to clean after the recontouring, which can help improve your overall health. In the long run, it can even reduce your risk for gum disease.
  • A laser gum recontouring is gentle and does not involve any of the vibrations or painful pressure that dental drills often create.