Beautiful smiles are not just about straight, white teeth. Aesthetics come when both the teeth and gums are properly proportioned and balanced together.
Soft tissue recontouring is a procedure that restores this proportion to the smile. While soft tissue recontouring can have either a functional or aesthetic end goal, the final outcome will always create a more harmonious balance between the visible teeth and the gumline.
For many patients, soft tissue recontouring is a treatment they choose to correct a “gummy” smile, where gum tissue covers too much of the teeth. We may also recommend crown lengthening, a form of recontouring that allows us to gain access to the teeth below the gum tissue to treat decay or damage or to prepare the tooth for the placement of a dental crown. Soft tissue recontouring may seem like an invasive procedure, but through our use of advanced dental laser technology, it is very much the opposite, providing patients with comfortable and convenient experiences with rarely any downtime. By incorporating dental lasers into your treatment, we can rebalance your smile or provide functional treatment virtually pain-free and with little-to-no discomfort during or after your appointment!
Utilizing dental laser technology for soft tissue recontouring is one way we can ensure positive, comfortable experiences for our patients. By eliminating the need for scalpels to reshape the gum line, we can greatly reduce pain and swelling during treatment and the risk for infection after. Because the dental laser cauterizes the gum tissue, bleeding is also minimized, helping accelerate both treatment and healing times. Laser soft tissue recontouring at our North Canton, Cuyahoga Falls, and Hudson, OH offices can take on a function, aesthetic, or dual-purpose role:
Gums that protrude too far over the visible crown of the teeth create what is known as a “gummy” smile. If the tooth underneath the gum line becomes decayed, broken, or chipped, a portion of the gum tissue is removed to restore the tooth or attach a dental crown. Using our dental laser, we vaporize the unwanted gum tissue to gain access to the necessary portion of the tooth.
A “gummy” smile may only be aesthetically displeasing, without any functional or health issues needing to be addressed. Aesthetic gum recontouring reshapes the gum tissue around each tooth into a more balanced arch and overall proper gum-to-tooth proportion. We use the dental laser to reshape the gum tissue without causing bleeding, pain, or swelling during or after the appointment.