What to Do About a Gummy Smile

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on December 27, 2018

Correcting a gummy smile

If you feel that your gums overshadow your teeth when you laugh, speak or smile, you are not alone. Many individuals have what is known as a “gummy smile,” which is caused by excessive gum tissue that makes teeth appear shorter than they should. Fortunately, this cosmetic issue can be addressed with a quick and easy laser gum contouring procedure. Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles has helped patients achieve a more harmonious and confident smile with this minimally invasive procedure.

Learn more about laser gum contouring in this blog post.

About Laser Gum Contouring

Gum contouring involves carefully trimming and reshaping gum tissue as needed to create a more symmetrical gum line and improve the gum-to-tooth ratio. Following the procedure, the teeth appear longer and the smile appears more balanced.

Traditional gum contouring is performed using manual instruments to recontour the gum line. While this method is highly safe and effective, laser gum contouring using a diode laser for soft tissues offers a number of advantages. First, the laser trims excessive gum tissue without touching the surrounding tissues. As it reshapes the gums, the laser sterilizes and seals the gums, minimizing bleeding and the risk of infection and other post-op complications. This in turn eliminates the need for sutures and speeds up the recovery process. The aesthetic results with laser gum contouring are seen immediately after treatment. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the treated areas and enhance your comfort during the procedure.

Personalized Cosmetic Dentistry with Dr. Sutton

Laser gum contouring can be performed as a standalone procedure or as part of a multi-step cosmetic treatment called smile makeover. In any case, Dr. Sutton will tailor your treatment to create your dream smile. Prior to recommending laser gum contouring or another cosmetic dentistry procedure, Dr. Sutton will evaluate your oral health to ensure there is no dental issue present that may compromise the results. If an issue is detected, it will need to be addressed before undergoing cosmetic dentistry.

For more information about laser gum contouring with Dr. Sutton, please schedule a consultation with Sonoma Smiles. Contact us by calling (707) 585-2555 or emailing us today.

Sonoma Smiles:
Wayne Sutton, DDS

1330 Medical Center Dr #1
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 585-2555
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