Your teeth are just a part of your smile. Your gums are an important part of a healthy smile, too. Receding gums are often due to periodontal gum disease or tooth loss. Gummy smiles or gum asymmetry, often from malaligned teeth, can take away from your smile and affect your overall health. At Sowell Sensational Smiles, Plano, TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell uses his artistic eye and surgical expertise to address the shape and symmetry of your gums.
Gum Recession Treatment
Dr. Sowell will utilize the WaterLase MD laser to help patients suffering from gum recession. Receding gums become a concern when they start to expose the tooth root. This will leave the tooth at risk for decay or infection. Poor oral hygiene and gum disease are the number one causes of receding gums. When plaque begins to build up on the teeth, it will case gingivitis which can lead to periodontitis. Without treatment, this disease will only get worse and eventually lead to tooth loss. Utilizing the WaterLase MD laser, Dr. Sowell is able to treat the periodontal disease without any incisions. The laser will remove all bacteria as well as the infected tissue with extreme accuracy.
Gummy Smiles/Gum Asymmetry Treatment
A gummy smile is something people are born with but that doesn’t mean they have to live with it. Some people are bothered by the appearance of their smile if it shows too much of their gum tissue. The reality is they may have a short upper lip, small teeth or simply too much gum tissue. Dr. Sowell is able to utilize the WaterLase MD laser to correct this. This revolutionary laser dentistry technology is capable of removing excess gum tissue. This treatment is much faster, less painful and offers a faster healing time compared to older methods of gum contouring. Dr. Sowell also utilizes it for people with asymmetrical gum tissues. Symmetry can easily be achieved with a WaterLase laser treatment.
With the use of the latest in laser dentistry technology, Dr. Sowell can treat any gum issues you may have. In the past, gum reshaping was accomplished by using a scalpel and physically cutting away the tissue. We use the WaterLase MD laser, with which Dr. Sowell has over eight years of experience for all reshaping procedures. Laser dentistry is fast, safe and convenient, routinely allowing patients to go back to work the next day without pain or medications. Whether you have a receding or advancing gumline or an unattractive gummy smile, you can trust Dr. Sowell to provide gum treatment that will maximize the beauty of your smile.
Gum Reshaping Before & After
This young lady came to Dr. Sowell’s Plano TX dentist office with a beautiful natural smile that showed more gums than she would have liked. Dr. Sowell designed a gum lift that would decrease her gum display and increase the size of her teeth for ideal proportions to her face, without touching her teeth. The result was a beautiful natural smile in a conservative approach.