Laser Gum Lifts and Gum Recontouring
Even if a person has teeth that are straight and white, his or her smile can appear less than perfect if his or her gums extend too far down the tooth surface, creating what is often referred to as a “gummy smile.” The gums should appear even, pink, and smooth, and they should act as a complement to a person’s teeth, rather than covering them up. Fortunately for our Winnipeg-area patients, Dr. Rykiss employs the most up-to-date laser technology from Biolase, and he can use a special laser to gently sculpt the gums into a more appealing shape. The laser gum recontouring procedure, also called gum lifting, is simple and requires only gentle numbing of the area to eliminate the potential of discomfort, yet produces dramatic results in just one visit to Linden Market Dental Centre.
What Causes a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile is when a person has excessive gum tissue that makes their teeth look too short compared to the amount of gums. Although a patient with a gummy smile may have normal teeth, too much gum tissue can give the appearance that teeth are short and unattractive. Additional reasons a patient could have a gummy smile include a hyperactive muscle in the upper lip or abnormal jawbone growth.
Treating a Gummy Smile
A favorable smile is said to reveal the least amount of gum tissue possible, have even, pink and smooth gums, and bright, evenly spaced teeth. If you feel that you suffer from a gummy smile you may be a candidate for a laser gum lift which could help you attain a more desirable smile. It all starts with a consultation with Dr. Rykiss so he can evaluate your candidacy for a gummy smile treatment.
Gummy Smile Procedure
Using the special-made Biolase Waterlase iPlus, or Waterlase MD laser, Dr. Rykiss can rid patients of excess gum tissue and effectively “sculpt” their gums for the desired appearance. The laser is used to gently trim away excess gum tissue and simultaneously seals blood vessels, helping aid in the healing process. Gummy smile procedures can also be performed with a scalpel, but the laser treatment is thought to be the least invasive and safest form of gum removal.
Before the laser is administered to the gums a local anesthetic will be applied to minimize any discomfort. The procedure can often be completed in one visit to our office and can provide patients with the smile they had hidden underneath their gums in one quick appointment.
Gummy Smile Treatment with Dr. Rykiss
Patients with excessive gum tissue often enlist the help of Dr. Rykiss due to his extensive training in laser dental procedures. Dr. Rykiss earned his associate Fellowship at the prestigious World Clinical Laser Institute which makes him one of the most sought-after gummy smile and laser dentistry practitioners in the Winnipeg area.
To learn more about the gummy smile treatment and laser gum contouring in Winnipeg or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rykiss, contact Linden Market Dental Centre today.