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Tools Used in Gum Reshaping

Posted on 3/15/2017 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
An elderly woman about to receive a gum reshaping surgery.
First impressions are everything. And your smile is most often the very first things that people will notice. Most people think that so long as the teeth are straight and white, then their smile is perfect.

However, your teeth are not the only part of your mouth that is visible when you smile. If your gums extend too far down, or uneven, it can make your teeth look short, and give you a "gummy" grin. With a few special tools, gum reshaping restores your gum line and gives you a smile that will leave a positive lasting impression.

What is Gum Reshaping?

Gum reshaping is a procedure that is performed to fix a gummy smile, or an uneven gum line, which makes some or all of your teeth appear shorter or smaller than normal. After receiving a local anesthetic, excess gum tissue is cut away, to reveal more surface area of the teeth, and restores a natural, even gum line.

Traditional Reshaping

In the past, gum reshaping was done with a scalpel, a manual tool made of metal. While effective, the use of this particular tool often leads to several issues. For one, the scalpel causes bleeding. It could lead to a lengthy and painful recovery. The use of a sharp instrument was also the cause of anxiety. Now, however, there is a new tool.

Laser Gum Reshaping

Instead of a traditional scalpel, many dentists are opting to use a laser for gum reshaping surgery. After anesthesia, you will be given a pair of special glasses to wear, meant to protect your eyes.

A laser is then used to precisely remove excess gum tissue and shape the gum line. The laser cauterizes as it works, stopping bleeding. There is also less swelling and pain during recovery, which is much quicker than with traditional reshaping.

If your gums are interfering with your smile, and causing you to be self-conscious, you may be a candidate for gum reshaping. Contact our office today to learn more about the procedure and what tools will be used to give you the beautiful smile you've always wanted.

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