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Are you so self conscious about the appearance of your teeth that you very rarely smile?  Have you ever been told that you have a “gummy smile” or as you’ve gotten older has your gum line receded creating the appearance of abnormally long teeth?  Do you suffer from serious periodontitis and have been told you need surgery?  If the answer for you is yes to any of the questions above, laser gum treatment may be the right solution for you.

Lasers are put to good use in the cosmetic procedures patients opt for to correct the abnormal appearances of their smiles.  For those with gingival hyperplasia or “gummy smiles” treatment is needed to remove the overgrowth of gum tissue that makes the teeth appear smaller than normal.  Light energy is used in place of a scalpel to correct the gum line.  Lasers may also be used in the correction of the appearance of long teeth due to deformities or a receding of the gum line from the aging process.  

There are many different steps that may be taken in the treatment of periodontal disease depending on the stage and severity of damage done by the disease.  Proper brushing and flossing and regular dentist visits are often times not enough due to genetics, medications being taken, or diseases the individual may be suffering from.  The next non surgical step taken by the dentist or periodontist treating the patient may be taken in the form of teeth scaling and root planing.  This process involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums that was caused by bacteria in the mouth.  Then the bacteria is removed from the gum line.

In more severe cases, this last step may be skipped in favor of surgical procedures if pockets have already formed and filled with the bacteria.  Flap surgery may be needed to reduce the gap between the teeth and gums created by these pockets.  Tissue regeneration may also be needed if any bone has been destroyed.  This involves the grafting of bone and tissue to strengthen the gums and promote bone regeneration.  These surgeries may take several visits to the dental office to finish and about 2-4 weeks of recovery time per visit.

What if you don’t have enough time off from work to properly recover each time you go into the dentist office or are just plain afraid of having someone use a scalpel to cut tissue out of your mouth and suture your gums?  What if you suffer from a disease or blood disorder and that amount of surgery would not be considered healthy for your body?  Laser surgery treatment could be the best solution for you.  During this process a laser that is about the width of 3 human hairs put together is used to remove the infected tissue beneath the gum line without affecting or destroying any of the healthy tissue.  The procedure also helps the bone and connective tissue generate between your gums and teeth which would help decrease the chance of infection returning.  This can all be accomplished in 2 sessions, one for each side of the mouth, and the recovery time is only about 24 hours.  Which option would you choose?

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