Healthy looking and well-proportioned gums are just as important to a winning smile as the teeth themselves. Just as every picture needs a frame, the gums act as a framing device for the teeth, and bad gums can really detract from good teeth. An excess of gum tissue, which is also known as a gummy smile, can spoil the appearance of nice looking teeth. It is believed that about 14 per cent of women and 7 per cent of men suffer from gummy smiles, which can be a source of embarrassment and affect self-confidence. However, there is something that can be done about it.
Gum contouring is carried out by using an incredibly accurate laser which can be use to painlessly burn off excess gum tissue. The heat of the laser also sterilizes and seals the tissue speeding up the healing process. The dentist uses the laser to reshape the gums to look even and well-proportioned and discomfort is kept to a minimum.
On some occasions reshaping, or lifting as it is sometimes called, may not be enough and the bone at the root of the tooth may need to be reduced to prevent the gum tissue growing back. This is unusual but should it be necessary is a fairly straightforward and painless procedure.
There are many reasons why some people have an excess of gum tissue. Mostly it is nothing more than genetic predisposition but on occasion it can be the result of taking certain blood pressure-reducing medication. In other patients it is because they have either a short top lip or that the position of their teeth is slightly off, making the gums appear larger in contrast to the teeth.
Gum contouring is an easy and effective way of improving the cosmetic appearance of teeth. It is a simple process that can be carried out in one session and requires only minimal healing times and because of the heat produced by the laser there is minimal risk of infection or complication. Ask a Central London dentist about laser gum contouring and you too could have the perfect frame for your teeth.