Your gums are intended to work together with your jawbone to keep your teeth securely in place, as well as frame each tooth to provide a balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile. Giving your gums the attention they deserve can protect your teeth and help you maintain optimal oral health. Even with good oral hygiene and proper care, certain conditions, such as excess gum tissue, gum recession, and gum disease can affect the health and appearance of your gum line. Imbalanced and unhealthy gums can make ordinarily straight and healthy teeth seem uneven and unattractive.
While various gum treatments involve more complex and invasive methods, many dentists today are using laser dentistry to effectively improve the gum line. Finding a well-trained laser dentist who offers this state-of-the-art technology in-house can revolutionize your dental treatment and oral health. Laser dentist Dr. Ruth Bailey in Knoxville, TN discusses the treatments that can be administered quickly and more effectively using laser dentistry. Continue reading to learn more, or please contact our office today online or by calling (865) 588-1294.
Do You Have a Gummy Smile or Uneven Gum Line?
What do you see smiling back at you in the mirror? Do you have an uneven gum line or excess gum tissue giving you the appearance of a “gummy smile”? In such cases, you may benefit from gum contouring. While this procedure is traditionally performed with scalpel and sutures, laser dentist Dr. Bailey can use a handheld laser device for better precision and a speedier recovery.
Before treatment begins, your gums will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Dr. Bailey will then use a high-powered, FDA-approved laser device to trim your gum tissue. Because the laser device cuts and cauterizes at the same time, it reduces bleeding and eliminates the need for sutures and a long recovery. Patients who undergo laser gum contouring can enjoy fairly immediate results and a low risk of infection. As the swelling subsides within a few days, you will enjoy a more symmetrical and attractive smile.
Do You Have Gum Disease?
Studies have proven that roughly 50 percent of American adults over the age of 30 have some type of gum disease. In its earliest stages, when identified as gingivitis, it can cause red and inflamed gums that have a tendency to abnormally bleed during brushing and flossing. If this bacterial infection spreads, side effects will worsen and may lead to tooth loss and serious systemic issues, such as heart disease and diabetes. Treating gum disease in a timely fashion will help stop side effects in their tracks and protect both your oral and physical health.
Laser periodontal treatment is more comfortable than traditional methods and has proven to deliver lasting and successful results. Just as with laser gum contouring, Dr. Bailey will administer a local anesthetic to numb your gums and surrounding tissues. As the laser light energy penetrates the gum tissue, it will simultaneously remove the unhealthy tissue and sterilize the area, helping to prevent bacteria from reoccurring.
Why Choose Laser Dentistry?
When an expert laser dentist, such as Dr. Bailey, performs your treatment, you can enjoy numerous benefits. Some of the more common include:
- Safer, more comfortable treatment
- Better precision
- Faster treatment and recovery, with little to no side effects
- Eliminates the need for scalpel and sutures
- Reduces pain, thus requiring minimal anesthesia
- Promotes healthier, more attractive smile
- Reduces risk of infection
Contact Our Office
If you are looking for a trustworthy laser dentist in the Knoxville area, your search is complete. Please contact our office today online or by calling (865) 588-1294 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bailey.