Laser dentistry technology is used for both hard and soft tissue applications. One of those soft tissue applications is gum reshaping. Just as it sounds, gums reshaping is a cosmetic dentistry procedure where the dentist removes some tissue from the gums. In this article, find out all there is to know about laser gums reshaping, from how it's done to why you may need the procedure in the first place.

Why gum reshaping?

Gum reshaping is a cosmetic procedure meant to enhance one's looks. It is undertaken as a means to trim the gums where an overgrowth has occurred. By doing so, the gums are given a more natural and uniform look. This also has the effect of making the teeth long longer as they are no longer hidden or overshadowed by the gums. Gum reshaping can also help with oral hygiene as food particles will not be trapped within the excess gum tissue, causing tooth decay or periodontal infection.

Benefits of gum reshaping

If you decide to get your gums reshaped via laser surgery, you will effectively enjoy all the advantages of laser dentistry. These are:

  • Little or no anaesthesia needed.
  • Less pain compared to other surgical options.
  • More precision hence better cosmetic results.
  • Quicker operation time.
  • Faster healing time.
  • The ability to carry out other dental procedures at the same time, e.g. cavity filling.

How it works

After a short briefing, you will be prepped for the operation, during which time, anaesthesia may, or may not, be offered. The operational area will then be disinfected and your dental surgeon will mark the gum areas that need reshaping. He/she will then use the laser tool to slowly and effectively cut away the excess gum tissue around the teeth. As that is done, the cut areas will be cauterized to stop bleeding and reduce chances of infection.

When to seek laser gum reshaping

Gum reshaping can be sought on a number of occasions. These include:

  • Where you have small teeth that you want to look longer.
  • Where you have excess gum tissue that needs to be trimmed.
  • Where your gum tissue needs to be reduced so that a new crown or veneer can be fitted more easily.
  • During endodontic surgery; when creating an entry point in the gums.

If you would like to have your gums reshaped, talk to your dentist about laser dentistry and have them evaluate you to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure.