Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry
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Are you embarrassed by your smile for reasons other than tooth problems? Perhaps you have bright teeth that are perfectly straight, but you have a gummy smile. Or perhaps your gums are unevenly covering your teeth. Dr. Lindsey Marshall provides gum recontouring for her cosmetic dentistry patients in the Philadelphia area.
Why should I consider gum recontouring?
As a cosmetic procedure, gum recontouring can do wonders to improve the quality of your smile. A gum recontouring procedure from Dr. Marshall can bring your gums into proper proportion with your teeth, improving the appearance of your smile and enhancing the natural beauty of your entire face.
Improving Your Smile Line
The line of your smile and the teeth that show when you smile are determined by several factors:
- The size and shape of your teeth
- The size and shape of your lips
- Your lip movement when you smile
- The amount of gum tissue you have
An optimal smile line reveals the least possible amount of gum tissue. For this to occur, the gum contours must be in balance with your upper lip. By performing a laser gum treatment, Dr. Marshall is able to redefine your gum line and the line of your smile to enhance the appearance of your whole face.
In some cases, if you do not have straight and well-aligned teeth, your laser gum treatment may be combined with the placement of porcelain veneers. Custom-designed veneers allow Dr. Marshall to restore brightness and a pleasing contour to your teeth. The results of these combined procedures show more of your teeth and bring symmetry to your expressions and your overall facial features.
Can gum recontouring be used to make my teeth look longer?
Teeth that appear short are one of the primary concerns addressed with gum recontouring. By minimizing excessive gum tissue, more of your tooth will be exposed, providing a much more appealing smile.
How is gum recontouring performed?
At the Philadelphia office of cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall, gum recontouring is performed with a soft tissue laser. This laser offers a number of benefits, including immediately removing unwanted tissue while sealing the tissue to prevent bleeding and infection. This safe and effective method of gum recontouring is part of our devotion to offering the latest in cosmetic dental technology.
Does gum recontouring hurt?
Gum recontouring is a minimally invasive and painless procedure. Soft tissue lasers do not cut or burn the tissue. Instead, a soft tissue laser will vaporize unwanted gum tissue by breaking down the cellular connections on a microscopic level.
If you are concerned about comfort during any dental procedure, talk to Dr. Marshall about your options during your initial consultation.
Is gum recontouring safe?
Yes, gum recontouring is a safe procedure. Performed by an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Marshall, only unnecessary tissue will be removed. Because this tissue is excessive and provides no functional benefit, there will be no harm to your teeth or necessary gum tissue.
Treating Gum Disease
If gum disease has spread through your mouth, the soft tissue laser we use for cosmetic gum recontouring can also be used to clean the gums and remove bacteria. The laser works by breaking the molecular bonds in gum tissue, vaporizing the tissue instantly. At the same time, it seals the remaining tissue, reducing any chance of bleeding or infection.
The ravages of gum disease can be difficult to repair because once the process starts, it forms a vicious circle. Neglect of dental hygiene allows bacteria to increase in numbers, the increased number of bacteria creates more decay, which creates more space for them to spread, which creates yet more decay … and so on. The process tends to accelerate. Excellent dental hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease from beginning.