Cosmetic Contouring for Gums in Rockville, MD
Gum contouring can fix a gummy smile, that reveals excessive or uneven gums, by removing extra gum tissue to expose more of the crown of the tooth and create an even gum line. State of the Art Dental Group uses a diode laser to carefully sculpt the gum line, constructing a more balanced, attractive smile. The process takes about 15-30 minutes if only a small amount of tissue needs to be removed, and gum surgery is necessary for more extreme cases.
Laser Treatment for Excessive or Uneven Gums
Some dental patients face the issue of gums that are either excessive or uneven. This is often an inherited problem. Other people have gums that never receded after their permanent teeth came in. With others, it is not so much a gum issue as an issue of lips that reveal most of their gum line when they smile. There is a surgical procedure that these patients may choose to have done that can correct this issue.
The development of lasers in dentistry has provided a much simpler way to deal with gums. The dentist can perform the operation using only local anesthesia. By using lasers, there will be little to no bleeding. The recovery time and effort is minimal, and the patient can usually be back to normal conditions in a day.
Flap surgery is an effective procedure used to treat gum disease (periodontitis), help maintain oral health and preserve teeth. During flap surgery, a small incision is made to separate the gums from the teeth and the outer gum tissue is gently folded back for access to root of the tooth. The inflamed gum tissue is removed and the tooth roots can be cleaned or treated with antibiotics or grafts. The incision is then closed and the procedure completed.
Gum recession can affect your health or your appearance, in which case a procedure called gingival (gum) grafting is recommended. Gum grafting involves carefully placing a small amount of new tissue in an area where little or no gum tissue exists to prevent further recession or to cover exposed root surfaces. The procedure decreases root sensitivity, loss of supporting bone, tooth decay, and plaque build-up.
Scaling and Root Planing Using Liquid Novocaine Without Needles
The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling or root planing. These non-surgical procedures aim to remove dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gum inflammation and disease. State of the Art Dental uses scaling and root planing either as a stand-alone treatment, or a preventative measure.
We also use Arestin- an antibiotic painlessly placed under the gum to help reduce pockets and avoid gum surgery. So call us today and find out more information on Laser Contouring and other services such as Root Canal Therapy.
Check out our periodontal services for gum disease or if you have bleeding gums.