In order to have a healthy smile, you need to take care of your gums. That’s a fact that, unfortunately, too many people ignore.
At the same time, having too much gum tissue can make you self-conscious about smiling.
No matter which of these issues are affecting you, our dentists in Marietta, GA, can help. Using our dental lasers, we can treat gum disease or reshape your gumline to change your gummy smile.
Could You Have Gum Disease?
The Centers For Disease Control has reported that nearly half of Americans 30 and older have some form of periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease. Among Americans 65 and older, 7 in 10 have some form of periodontitis.
Please make an appointment so we can help if you notice these symptoms:
▪ Bleeding gums
▪ Bad breath that doesn’t go away
▪ Tender or sore gums
▪ Receding gums
▪ Teeth that feel loose in their sockets
The sooner you seek help, the more effective your treatment will be.
Treating Gum Disease Without Surgery
At one time, oral surgery was the best way to deal with advanced gum disease.
We understand how unpleasant that might sound. This often meant removing healthy tissue as well just to be certain that all the infected tissue was removed. Having someone cut into your gums with a scalpel and then using stitches to close the tissue is probably something you would rather avoid.
Whenever possible, we prefer to use non-surgical techniques to treat gum disease. With advances in laser dentistry, we can do that for more patients than ever before.
Our first step in fighting periodontal disease often is scaling and root planing. You could compare this to a deep cleaning similar to what happens during a regular dental visit. The difference is that the dentist or hygienist will be cleaning below the gumline to remove plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth.
We also may recommend a follow-up treatment with a fluoride gel in some cases.
When the gum disease is more advanced, we turn to perio laser therapy.
Laser treatment has some important advantages over gum surgery. This starts with the fact that the laser doesn’t cut into your gum tissue as much as it makes infected tissue evaporate.
Using a dental laser, one of our dentists can target the infected tissue, which preserves more of your healthy gum tissue at the same time.
The laser has another advantage as well. It helps to seal the healthy tissue, which means no stitches are needed in many cases. This can make recovery faster compared to oral surgery as well.
Reshaping Your Gums To Change Your Smile
You may have perfectly healthy gums, but still be concerned with how they are affecting your smile. If your gum tissue is more noticeable than your teeth when you smile, you may want to ask about our gum reshaping procedure.
Using our perio laser, we can remove excess gum tissue to reshape your gumline. This changes the overall appearance of your smile, and it may give you more confidence in your smile, too.
As with our gum disease treatment, using the dental laser means no cutting, less bleeding, and faster recovery.
Whether you have more gum tissue than you would like in one part of your smile or throughout your smile, we can work with you to redefine your gumline to show off your pearly whites.
How Gum Reshaping Fits In Cosmetic Dentistry
Gum reshaping can be done as a stand-alone treatment. For many people, this is just the change they need to feel more confident about their smiles.
For other patients, gum reshaping can be part of a total smile makeover.
We can combine gum reshaping with teeth whitening or Invisalign® to give you the smile of your dreams. If you would like to find out what gum reshaping could do for your smile, start with a consultation at Atlanta West Dentistry.
Are Your Gums Helping Your Smile?
Healthy gums and an attractive gumline can help you feel better about your smile. We have helped several patients with our gum disease treatments and gum reshaping.