If you have large gums that make your teeth appear too short, gum recontouring can reshape the gum line to lengthen teeth and make your smile more attractive. After using a local anesthetic to numb the area, we can sculpt excessive and uneven gums with our CO2 laser to reveal your true smile. Because we use laser dentistry for this procedure, the wound seals immediately so that healing can begin right away. The procedure, called a gingivectomy, is relatively painless and can make your smile appear younger, healthier, and more balanced.
Sometimes connective tissues attached to the inside of the upper lip do not allow for proper lip movement and expose too much gum tissue above the top row of teeth. By removing specific tissues from inside the upper lip, our cosmetic dentist, Ann Haggard, DDS, can lower the upper lip and create a more aesthetic smile. During the laser dentistry procedure, the doctor will remove tissue uniformly to avoid any damage to the patient’s muscular movements, such as uneven facial expressions. All of the connective tissues controlling the lip’s movement will be shortened significantly, showcasing the teeth instead of excessive gums.
A frenulum is a piece of connective tissue attached to the inside of the lip, under the tongue or inside the cheek, which prevents structures in the mouth from moving too far. However, if the frenulum is too short, it can severely limit the movement of other tissues that need to move freely in the mouth. This can cause problems with speaking, eating, and drinking properly, and interfere with tooth and gum development. During a frenectomy, Dr. Ann Haggard or Dr. Marcus Haggard will use the CO2 laser to remove a particularly restrictive frenulum. If a strong frenulum is attached close to the gum line, it could contribute to sensitivity in the tooth as well as receding gums and loss of the tooth’s support structure. In order to maintain the strength of the gum and tooth structure and decrease recession of the gums, we may perform a frenectomy in this situation as well. Because our CO2 laser will create a sterile surface when cutting the tissue, there is less risk of infection and faster healing rates for the incision.