Cosmetic Gum Treatment in Fort Myers
Excessive gum tissue can detract from the beauty of a person’s smile and cause them to feel self-conscious about smiling or speaking. Having too much gum tissue is usually seen as a purely cosmetic issue, but it can also lead to health risks. Teeth are more prone to decay and gum disease is more likely because thorough cleaning is impeded by the excessive gum tissue.
Dr. Reyes-Viruet provides expert gum recontouring treatment to correct gummy smiles, returning your confidence and oral health.
Fixing a Gummy Smile
A gummy smile typically occurs because the gums are too thick, not because teeth are too short. For this reason, treatment of a gummy smile is often very straightforward. Dr. Reyes-Viruet will conduct a detailed consultation so that she understands the exact look you desire. Then by gently removing excess gum tissue, Dr. Reyes-Viruet lengthens the appearance of the teeth, and the beautiful smile you are meant to have is revealed.
In some cases, the gummy smile is because of the position of the lips and not the gum tissue. When this happens, Dr. Reyes-Viruet can reposition the lips to show the proper amount of gums.
Easy, gentle procedure
Depending on the situation, Dr. Reyes-Viruet may use either an advanced dental laser to gently re-contour the gumline or traditional instruments to perform the recontouring. She also performs this treatment for patients with an uneven gumline, where some teeth have too much gum coverage while others are perfectly fine. In all cases, she ensures treatment is minimally invasive and comfortable.
Inside your mouth, there is a piece of tissue that connects the gum to the lip and is called the labial frenum. If it is abnormally wide or long, it may connect through to the gum tissue between the teeth and extend to the front portion of the roof of the mouth. When the upper frenum is too wide or long, it can create a space between the two front teeth, and that may require a surgical procedure.
Here at Viruet Dental, we use a laser made specifically to cut soft tissue to reduce the size of the frenum. This restores normal function of the lips and tongue and there are very few after-effects from this simple procedure.