Laser Gum Lifts and Gum Reshaping are the ideal solution for you if you have
Laser Gum Lifts and Gum Reshaping
Laser Gum Lifts and Gum Reshaping can be used to treat a gummy smile. A 'gummy smile' is an aesthetic issue that affects many people. A gummy smile is showing too much gum when you smile either because the teeth are too small or because the upper lip lifts too much. Depending on the cause of the gummy smile there are several treatments that can help. Often a gummy smile happens when teeth are covered by a flap of gum and the healthy enamel of the tooth is hidden under the gum making the teeth look too short. In these cases, a laser gum lift can be used as a simple procedure to correct the gummy smile or adjust the uneven gum line. We often use this procedure to correct the height and alignment of the gum prior to other treatments such as porcelain veneers.
Laser Gum Lifts - What is involved?
If the teeth are not covered by the gum and the problem is a "hyperactive upper lip", then we may recommend a small dose of Botox to relax the top lip muscles. This is a reversible procedure and is a conservative approach in very pronounced cases of ‘gummy smile’. At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry, we use a Waterlase laser to perform various laser treatments including gum lifts. Usually, only one laser treatment is required, and the procedure does not require packs or sutures. It is very important for your smile to be assessed to see if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment of gum tissue types vary greatly between individuals. Waterlase laser, for the treatment of various lesions on lips and gums, treatment of gum disease, and reduction of tooth sensitivity giving brilliant instant results.
So how does the procedure work? It's simple
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a chance of infection?
Gum infections after laser surgery are extremely rare.
Does the gum grow back?
The laser works by ‘cutting’ away the gum. It does not grow back after the treatment has been completed.
Is there any bleeding?
As the laser cuts it also seals the area allowing for little or no bleeding to occur. If there is bleeding it is only a small amount and will stop shortly after the procedure.
Is the laser gum lift procedure painful?
This procedure is done with a laser light and conducted under local anaesthetic; this means there is no pain. There are no sutures, no bleeding and no gauze packs. Post operative pain is negligible. However if there is a small amount of discomfort, mild anti inflammatory medication can be taken to ease this. Keep in mind you have had a surgical procedure and even though it might not seem like it, the area should still be treated as one.
How long does it take? Am I able to return to work?
The procedure time can vary from patient to patient. Generally allowing an hour can be all that is required. Most patients are able to return to their normal, daily life after having a laser gum lift.
What is a 'gummy smile'?
A gummy smile is when excessive amount of gum and little tooth is shown in the full smile. In some cases (not all) it can be less than attractive.
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