The use of lasers in dentistry has many benefits, from killing off unwanted pathogens to enabling blade-less gum surgery. The Texas Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry has invested in multiple lasers and many hours of continuing education to be able to offer our patients these excellent laser dentistry services.
Laser Gum Recontouring and Crown Lengthening
Even if a person has teeth that are straight, healthy, and symmetrical, the beauty of their smile may be diminished if the gum line is uneven or falls too far below the lip line. Many dentists refer to gums that extend too far down as a “gummy smile.” It can make the teeth look small and cause people to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles.
Ideally, the gums should appear even and smooth, and should act as a frame to complement a person’s smile, rather than as a distraction from it. Fortunately, a gummy smile can now be corrected with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as gum contouring. Healthy gum tissue complements and frames your teeth. If your gums are well contoured, your teeth and smile will look healthier.
If your teeth look too small or too short because of the disproportionate size relationship between your teeth and gums, you may consider laser gum contouring (also referred to as crown lengthening). Laser gum contouring can remove the excess gum tissue around your teeth in order to expose more of the crown of your tooth. Gum contouring can also be used if your gums are uneven around your teeth.
Gum contouring can give you a consistent, even gum line you need for a healthy and attractive smile. Most of the time it is done in conjunction with veneers, but occasionally no other treatment than the contouring is required. Call the Texas Center for Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in The Woodlands, TX today for more information.
Laser Dentistry in Hygiene
The dental laser has many uses when it comes to dental hygiene as well. When unwanted bacteria and pathogens get under the gums they become inflamed, which leads to periodontitis. By running the laser under the gums, our hygienists can kill off unwanted bacteria and pathogens, reducing the risk of perio disease. Studies are also increasingly showing that the mouth is the gateway to the body, and whatever pathogens are in the mouth can make their way into the bloodstream. By killing these bacteria before they enter the bloodstream, we can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. All of our hygienists are certified in the use of the non-destructive dental laser.