For babies with tongue ties, feeding can be especially challenging. Whether you choose to breastfeed or use bottles, either can be difficult if your infant isn’t able to suck correctly due to a tight frenum (the strip of tissue just below the tip of the tongue.)
If not corrected, your baby can also face challenges like speaking delays, speech impairments, and pain. Difficulty in nursing can also make it challenging for the baby to latch, making them prone to weight loss and colic.
The Disadvantages of Traditional Tongue Tie Surgery
In the past, loosening a baby’s tongue-tie meant performing a frenectomy using surgical methods (a scalpel.) This, obviously, could cause more discomfort to the child and make the procedure more challenging to perform in regard to the infant’s safety. As such, some dentists refer parents to an ENT, oral surgeon, or require sedation for the infant to have the procedure.
Additionally, tongue tie surgery where the tight skin is cut or trimmed poses a risk for infection and lengthy recoveries for the tiniest member of your family.
Gentle, Effective Treatment in Our Office
Fortunately, Smiles by Hanna is able to offer a gentle and minimally invasive alternative to traditional tongue tie surgery. Dr. Mansoor incorporates gentle laser technology to provide safe and effective treatment and a fast recovery.
Because our Biolase Waterlase laser uses gentle pulses of energy combined with a cool flow of water, your infant or toddler can have a laser frenectomy without the pain, bleeding, or swelling experienced using surgical techniques.
Your infant will enjoy a painless procedure and rapid recovery. No sutures are necessary! The laser allows Dr. Mansoor to reshape the soft tissue under the tongue or behind the lips in a predictable manner for effective results.
Is Numbing Necessary?
No! Waterlase technology is virtually painless, even for infants. Although the area just under the tongue can be quite delicate, reshaping the soft tissue with a laser is a very simple procedure for your child. No anesthesia is needed.
Faster Results for Your Child
Infancy can be an especially challenging time of life, especially for new parents or families that have babies with special needs. Getting a tongue tie treated can be confusing for some, especially when you’re not sure where to turn. Your pediatrician may recommend sedating your baby and having the frenectomy performed by another medical specialist, while a pediatric dentist might recommend completing the procedure in a hospital.
Most of these medical and dental providers don’t have access to the lasers used by comprehensive dentists like Dr. Mansoor. As such, we’re able to provide infant, toddler, and child tongue tie treatments without a referral from your medical or dental practitioner. The procedure is quick, and your family can be in and out in less than an hour.
How to Tell if Your Infant Has a Tongue Tie
Tongue ties can cause a number of different signs in children, including:
- Difficulty in nursing, feeding, or “latching” onto the breast
- Clefting at the end of the tongue
- A visibly short strip of skin under the tongue, restricting its movement
- The gums pulling down, away from teeth
- Teeth gaps, separation of teeth
If you’re still uncertain about whether your child needs a frenectomy, contact Smiles by Hanna in Gilbert, AZ. Dr. Mansoor is happy to meet with parents to discuss any feeding challenges that your baby may be experiencing. Should a frenectomy be the best option, we will schedule the short procedure as quickly as possible.
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Dr. Hanna Mansoor in Gilbert, Arizona is an expert in laser tori removal. “Tori” or “palatal tori” is the term used to describe the bony growth or extension in the roof of the mouth, or alongside teeth just at the gumlines (making it appear as if the jawbone of gums is growing outward.)
Although tori are not present in the majority of our patients, they do occur frequently enough that it’s essential for Dr. Mansoor to offer supportive services when those growths begin to interfere with everyday life.
Why does Tori Need to be Removed?
Though some tori are very small and never pose an issue. Tori can grow so large that they interfere with common things like eating, talking, or wearing a denture. Depending on how large the torus is, it may even cover the entire roof of your mouth or portions of your teeth, making it impossible to chew certain types of foods. Other times, it can cause food to get trapped under the tori and or cause teeth to move and cause crowding.
Even the smallest tori may make it impossible to wear a “plate” (traditional denture) unless removed.
At Smiles by Hanna, we offer a more comfortable alternative to tori removal than conventional oral surgery. It’s all thanks to advanced laser technology that provides safe, efficient, comfortable results.
Biolase Waterlase Tori Treatment
Instead of relying on traditional surgical methods that involve cutting and painful techniques to manually remove the bony torus, our Gilbert, AZ practice has invested in advanced Biolase Waterlase technology that uses gentle pulses of laser energy to remove tori as comfortably as possible.
Advanced lasers designed for minor oral surgeries are extremely safe and predictable, allowing Dr. Mansoor to remove the bony extension without any vibration or heat. The beam of energy makes it possible to precisely reshape and sculpt the bone, removing the tori and recreating a smoother, flush surface across the roof of the mouth (palate) or along the jaw.
What to Expect
As with any type of oral surgery, you’ll want to plan to have a soft diet the next few days while your mouth recovers. Plan on stocking up on foods such as pudding, gelatin, mashed potatoes, etc. Because the roof of your mouth can be quite sensitive it can be tender for the first few days.
By choosing to have your tori removed with a laser instead of with conventional surgery, you’ll be able to expect a more comfortable procedure.
You can watch Carolyn’s testimonial to learn more about her experience with tori removal with Dr. Hanna Mansoor –
What Causes Tori?
There are a number of different theories as to why some people have tori and others do not. Some dentists believe that past trauma to the tooth or genetics has a role to play.
The truth is the tori are interfering with daily habits or posing a risk to your diet, there’s usually not a need to remove them. Once they do interfere and become problematic, it’s essential to find a dentist like Dr. Mansoor who is experienced and comfortable completing such a procedure. All that’s needed is a bit of local numbing medication to keep you comfortable. If you prefer, Dr. Hanna can also discuss sedation options such as oral sedation, or IV sedation.
You’ll Wish You Had Done It Sooner
Removing tori can give you the freedom to eat all of your favorite foods or wear a custom denture more comfortably. Smiles by Hanna is happy to offer this service in our Gilbert, AZ practice. There’s no need to refer you to a specialist or offsite oral surgery center.
Need dentures, but can’t move forward because your dentist says your tori is in the way? Can’t eat comfortably? You feel your teeth are crowding? Contact Smiles by Hanna today to schedule a laser tori removal consultation. We’re happy to accept referrals as well.
Do you have a gummy smile?
Do your gums show too much when you smile? Then you may have what’s called “excessive gingival display” or more commonly, a gummy smile. It’s where too much of your gum shows above the line of your teeth, making your teeth appear short. If you feel like your smile shows more than four millimeters of gum tissue, then it may be time to seek treatment of your gummy smile from Dr. Hanna Mansoor in Gilbert, Arizona.
There are plenty of reasons you may be experiencing a gummy smile, one of which is genetics. Over 14% of women and 7% of men suffer from a gummy smile. If you are one of them, it can mean the difference between being confident in your smile or self-conscious. Some of the causes of a gummy smile are as follows: excessive gum tissue, a short upper lip or hyperactive muscles in the lip that raise higher than normal, an excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw, or other abnormal structural conditions in the lips, facial muscles, teeth, jaw, or gum tissue. Thankfully, at Smiles By Hanna, we can perform a short cosmetic dental procedure that will fix your gummy smile in just minutes.
At Smiles By Hanna, depending on the cause and severity of your gummy smile we can fix it with Botox, dental laser treatments, or surgery. If it’s a mild case and the reason is due to muscle hyperactivity in the lips, Dr. Hanna will use a Botox treatment to paralyze the hyperactive muscles and inhibit the contraction of the upper lip. In extreme and rare cases where the gummy smile is due to structural abnormalities in the jaw or face, surgery may be needed.
Gummy Smile Treatment Options
If you suffer from excessive gum tissue and surgery is not needed, Dr. Hanna recommends using Waterlase therapy. We understand that having surgery can be intimidating and invasive, that’s why we invest in the latest dental technology. Waterlase is virtually painless and cuts the procedure time in half. With the Waterlase tool, Dr. Hanna can gently remove and reshape your gummy smile. It works by cauterizing and removing the tissue gently, preventing any bleeding. The secret to the technology is that it uses light and water to expose your tooth enamel. Since it’s a laser, the technology is precise and can prevent infection during and after your procedure.
Whatever ever the cause is of your gummy smile, Smiles By Hanna will find the treatment that works best for you. We are passionate about making people smile, and we know that having a healthy smile can change your outlook and your confidence. So, are you ready to start your journey to a confident smile? Give us a call and schedule your appointment today with Smiles By Hanna. In just one appointment, we can give you a smile you deserve.
Laser Dentistry in Gilbert, Arizona
It’s a truth as old as the human race: we fear the unknown. It’s also one of the main reasons many people are still afraid of going to the dentist. They simply don’t know how comfortable an experience having their teeth fixed can be. Yes, we said comfortable! As a laser dentistry expert, Dr. Hanna utilizes Waterlase technology. At Smiles by Hanna in Gilbert, Arizona can treat patients in greater comfort than ever. “Most people don’t even know that Waterlase Dentistry exists,” explains Dr. Hanna Mansoor, “but at Smiles by Hanna we are always looking for ways to improve the comfort and clinical care of our patients, so we invested in this advanced technology.”
The Waterlase® laser system, from Biolase Technology of Irvine California, is a revolutionary dental tool that uses a patented combination of laser energy and water to perform a variety of dental procedures, in most cases with no shot, no drill and no pain. Cleared by the U.S. FDA for use in many kinds of dental work – from fixing cavities to preparing teeth for crowns, performing root canals, and even putting in implants – the Waterlase® laser is being used by thousands of dentists worldwide.
Studies have shown that Waterlase Dentistry™ can be less traumatic than the drill. The combination of laser and a fine spray of water is precise and gentle, so it preserves healthy tooth or gums around a cavity or diseased gums. “It’s an approach called minimally invasive dentistry.” says Dr. Mansoor, “The idea is to fix the diseased part of your tooth, gums or bone without damaging adjacent healthy tissue. Waterlase Dentistry gives us a big advantage in providing excellent clinical care with maximum patient comfort.”
Learn More About Dr. Hanna
For anyone who needs dental work, but may be putting it off because they’re afraid of the discomfort, visiting Dr. Mansoor’s office at 1355 S Higley Rd Ste 119, Gilbert, AZ 85296 or making an appointment by calling (480) 279-3700 could mean an end to their fear of dentists. “Like they say, ‘Knowledge is power’, Dr. Mansoor explains, “and the more people know about Waterlase Dentistry, the easier it is for them to conquer their fears and let us take care of the dental work they need.”
Mandibular Tori Expert Treatment and Removal
If you have dental tori and are looking for a laser tori removal dentist, you’ve come to the right place! The dental tori are small, hard structures in your mouth that impede fixing of dentures in the mouth. They have a bony appearance.
There are several ways by which the dental tori can be removed. Traditionally, it is done surgically with the use of drills and chisels. However, with the advancement in technology, removal of dental tori has become much easier and less painful. Before we go into the laser means of tori removal, we will first examine the dental tori in detail.
About the dental torus
A dental torus is defined simply as an overgrowth of bone in the mouth. A torus can be triggered by factors such as genetics, an uneven bite, or even teeth grinding. When there are multiple overgrowths of bone in the mouth, then they are collectively known as dental tori.
Dental tori do not cause any harm. They grow on the part of your mouth known as the torus palatinus. The torus palatinus is also known as the roof of the mouth. In some cases, the dental torus can occur along the torus mandibularis – the lower jaw line.
In most cases, it is unnecessary to remove the dental torus. However, your dentist may recommend surgery. Reasons for removal of a tori include the following:
- Pain and discomfort
- Discomfort when eating (the tori causes some irritation in the mouth)
- Difficulty in speaking
- Interference with implants and dentures
Also, a mandibular tori (the one on the torus mandibularis) may be removed for the following reasons:
- Getting the mouth ready for prosthetic implants
- If you have done extensive mandibular surgery at some point in your life
- When there is a case of severe pain due to gingival inflammation
- Cancer phobia
Ordinarily, as has already been said, mandibular torus does not require treatment. Surgery only becomes necessary when the bone overgrows and interferes with speech, eating, dental prosthesis or other oral functions.
What happens during removal of the mandibular tori?
You will require the services of a highly trained dentist if you wish to remove the dental tori. You should consider removal tori adversely affect oral function and your daily life. No doubt, this was a painful, intimidating and even frightening experience for patients. However, with advancements in technology, removal of the tori has become more efficient and the process is much easier. Today, laser tori removal is faster and is virtually pain-free.
Removal of the tori by laser surgery
There is a growing interest in alternative means of carrying out oral surgeries. Not many reports exist on the use of lasers in bone surgery. Research is ongoing to demonstrate the efficacy of laser surgery in dental procedures.
Removal of the tori by laser surgery has a lot of advantages. First of all, the cut made is accurate. And there is the absence of hand pressure and vibration using use. Medically it bestows some important benefits such as a lesser risk of bacterial infection in the surgical area.
Nerve supply the teeth. When operating on the tori using the traditional means, the surgeon may damage the nerves by mistake. Also, the excess blood may block the field of vision, causing a puncture to the nerves or other vital tissues. This risk is absent when using laser surgery. The incision is more precise with less blood loss. Also, patients tend to accept the laser means of removing the dental tori rather than the traditional means. This is not surprising as the laser means has more advantages than the traditional mode.
How long does it take to recover after removal of the dental tori?
It takes about three to four weeks to recover from the surgery. Some side effects that accompany the surgery include bleeding, swelling and slight pain.
Any complications associated with laser tori removal?
One of the few side effects includes bleeding and slight swelling in the mouth. There are chances of getting an infection since it is a dental procedure. Your dentist will advise you on what to do to prevent this.
Gummy Smile Treatment With Lasers – What You Need To Know
While smiling, do you ever feel that your gum tissues are overshadowing your overall appeal? Do you feel overwhelmed by the shortness of your upper teeth due to the display of the gingival tissue when smiling? If your answer to the above questions is ‘yes,’ you may have a gummy smile. At Smiles by Hanna in Gilbert, AZ, Dr. Hanna Mansoor offers gummy smile treatment with lasers to correct an excessive gingival display that affects the overall appearance of your smile.
People who have straight and healthy teeth tend to have attractive smiles and are less likely to have problems with discoloration, uneven wear and fractures. In other cases, people with irregular gum levels tend to have an unattractive smile. The reason why we call it a gummy smile is that the excess gum tissue makes the teeth look small and unattractive aesthetically.
Do you have a gummy smile? An optimal smile line is one that reveals the least amount of gum tissue when an individual smiles. Consequently, the gum tissue should have a balanced look in the smile line while making sure that they are properly aligned with your upper lip. The primary reason why many people think their smile is unappealing is because they have a gummy smile. Hence, the individual might be hesitant to smile publicly.
A gummy smile could develop on its own or as a cause of a more serious underlying dental problem. For instance, a gummy smile can be caused due to the way your new teeth erupted, or how your jaw developed over the years. This further causes issues as you might not feel comfortable having an unbalanced mouth shape. Many people are unable to take proper bites. All in all, this results in affecting the long term oral health and hygiene.
Causes of a Gummy Smile
So, what are the causes for a gummy smile? There are several reasons why you can develop a gummy smile, such as:
- The abnormal eruption of teeth where the new teeth appear to be short. At times, they might look to be the correct length but are covered up with excessive gum tissue.
- Incorrect development of the upper jaw bone resulting in a gummy smile. This is because the jaw might bulge out a bit more than usual.
- Having overactive muscles that are responsible for the upper lip movement. While smiling, the muscles may pull the upper lip far more than usual. This gives the perception of having a gummy smile.
Many people ask if a gummy smile is just an aesthetic problem or something beyond that. A smile line is an aesthetic zone which shows your teeth when you are smiling. There are other factors as well that might affect the appearance of your smile. The size and shape of your lips play an integral role in defining the beauty of your smile. Apart from this, your facial muscles, size and shape of the teeth, and gum tissue also influence the appearance of your smile. You will have an attractive smile if there is minimum gum tissue showing.
If you leave it untreated, a gummy smile will not only negatively affect your smile aesthetics but also the overall appearance. Regardless, there is a cure for a gummy smile, which can be resolved by undergoing different dental treatments.
One of the most effective methods to treat a gummy smile is dental laser treatment. In laser treatment, the dentist comfortably and efficiently removes all the excess gum tissue. This process also focuses on reshaping the underlying jaw bone.
In this procedure, a concentrated beam of the laser is directed towards the excess gum tissue. What makes it more comfortable is that the laser does not produce any sort of vibration or heat. The dentist also makes use of a gentle spray of water to keep it smooth and steady.
A Comfortable Treatment Option to Cure A Gummy Smile
The procedure is not only comfortable but the post-procedure recovery time is much faster when compared to other treatment options. Combined with less discomfort, dental laser treatment is the best available option to cut away excessive gum tissue.
Furthermore, the advanced technology of dental laser seals up the blood vessels automatically resulting in less swelling and blood during and afterward.
Dental laser is a more suitable option for those who hesitate or are afraid of any dental procedures. The results of this treatment speaks volumes about how beneficial the method is. Moreover, you will get your original and attractive smile back. Let’s have a look at the benefits and risks of this treatment.
Benefits and Risks
People who have or developed excessive gum tissue or uneven gingival display can get their smiles back after the dental laser procedure. There are various benefits if you choose an experienced cosmetic dentist for your treatment. The dentist will be responsible to reshape the gum line, increase the length of your teeth, remove excess gum tissue, and produce a more symmetrical gum line.
The only risk or complication that may occur is excessive bleeding or swelling. This is rare because of the advancements in technology but does not rule out that an individual might not face such issues. Apart from this, allergic reaction to anesthesia is another risk to dental laser treatment.
As with other dental procedures, the cost of dental laser treatment varies from person to person. It all depends on the amount of gum that needs to be removed. Apart from this, other factors that were mentioned in the article above could simultaneously increase or decrease the cost of the treatment. The treatment costs anywhere between $500 and $5000 depending on the gum line that needs treatment.
If the procedure is to fix one or two teeth, the cost will be lower, but if the entire gum line needs treatment, the estimates would be on the higher end of the scale. This is just the cost of dental laser treatment. If the procedure requires other dental treatments such as porcelain veneers or dental crown placement in combination with dental laser, the cost may increase due to additional treatments.
Tongue Tie Frenectomy Gilbert AZ
A frenectomy is a dentistry procedure through which the frenum is released from the upper lip or under the tongue ,also known as tongue tie, ensuring ease in motion by increasing the range of the mouth.
Some children are born with dental issues such as tongue tie or lip tie which may restrict movement, making it difficult for the infant to breastfeed. In certain cases, it may be due to other health concerns such as digestion related problems, airway and speech difficulty, spacing or dental decay. These issues can be easily treated by undergoing a simple procedure using soft tissue laser.
How Does Laser Frenectomy Work?
A soft tissue laser is used to conduct the procedure which vaporizes the tissue instead of cutting the area. The laser uses light energy causing little to no discomfort and bleeding. Moreover, laser is a safer option with little to no risk of infection.
A patient who has undergone laser frenectomy is likely to heal quickly as the laser stimulates healing and bio-regeneration. Therefore, the final outcome is a strong tissue with fewer chances of relapse.
What is Tongue Tie?
Ankyloglossia commonly referred to as tongue tie is a restriction in the movement of the tongue. The restriction is due to friction of the tongue with the floor of the mouth. Therefore, a tongue tie is caused by the frenum which is either too short or attached close to the tongue’s tip.
For children, normal tongue function is extremely important. Along with multiple advantages, a normal tongue function will ensure that a baby easily latches and breastfeeds. Further, it aids in self cleansing of the mouth, speech and swallowing pattern development, and nurtures growth and development of the infant.
Issues Faced By Children Suffering With Tongue-Tie
- The restricted mouth movements affect the eating habits
- Unclear speech
- Clicking of jaws
- Pain in jaws
- Protrusion of the lower jaw
- Inflamed gums
What Is Lip Tie?
A lip-tie is when the upper lip gets is attached to the upper gum. The common issues faced by patients include:
- The presence of a spacing between the maxillary central incisors resulting in a large gap known as diastema.
- Increased chances of dental decay.
- Difficulty in flossing or brushing.
- Higher chances of maxillary frenum trauma.
- Difficulty and pain while breastfeeding.
- Difficulty in flanging the maxillary lip upward whilst breastfeeding. This affects the child’s ability to latch and create a seal.
What To Expect Once The Laser Frenectomy Procedure Is Completed?
Once the procedure is performed, the mother can breastfeed her child immediately as the milk itself contains healing properties. This will also help in soothing the baby. Initially, the latching may be difficult for the baby as a small amount of anesthesia is used, but the numbing sensation will subside within 30 to 40 minutes. It is advised to be patient for the first hour if latching is difficult.
Posterior tongue ties may require several weeks before the benefits of the frenectomy can be reaped. Dentists advise practicing post-treatment exercises along with consulting a lactation consultant, cranial sacral therapist and pediatric chiropractor for improved results.
Precautionary Measures Post Treatment
Oral Wound Healing
Stretches upon the completion of the procedure will help in improving condition. The mouth heals quickly. Therefore, there is a probability that it will reattach resulting in the persistence of the symptoms or a new limitation.
During the healing process, the wounds tend to contract towards the center. Similarly, if you have two raw surfaces in the mouth close to one another, they will reattach. Therefore, it is pivotal to keep the mouth stretcher open.
Managing The Wound Through Stretching Exercises
As a parent it is natural to feel worried, but keep yourself relaxed and positive. Try keeping the child engaged and play along with him/her. The exercises are not supposed to be enforced on the infant.
Make sure to keep the stretching exercise short and precise. Further, do not be alarmed by spotting or bleeding as it is normal in the first few days.
Dentists may suggest you to use a teething gel that is non-numbing. Similarly, you can take Tylenol, Ibuprofen and homeopathic treatments that can help overcome the pain. The inflammation is completely normal and gets better with time.
Stretches For Upper Lip
This is an easy stretching exercise for the upper lip involving both the tongue and lips. Simply position your finger underneath the lips and move it up a high as possible. Continue to do so until you feel resistance. Now move your tongue side to side for a few seconds. The end result is to open the surface of the gums and lips so that they don’t stick together.
Perform Under The Tongue Stretches
For this exercise, place both index fingers within the mouth and dive within the tongue. Now, pick up the posterior part of the tongue and lift it right towards the roof of the baby’s mouth.
- Place your finger under the tongue pick the child’s posterior part of the tongue and raise it high towards the palate. Hold it in the same position for almost 3 seconds and then release the tongue. The primary goal is to unfold the diamond allowing you to visualize the diamond. The diamond fold across the middle is the first position to reattach.
- Place your finger in the mid of the diamond, perform a mild circular stretch for a few seconds and open the diamond.
- Start turning your fingers sideways to do a rolling pin motion and keep the diamond as deep as possible. Now fold the center and start moving to either of the diamond’s bottom or top loosening the muscles.
By performing these exercises, you will be able to facilitate the healing process after a laser frenectomy. The procedure is simple yet effective, improving range of the mouth.
A frenectomy removes tight tissues in the mouth that can cause problems with feeding and speech later on. If your baby is having trouble breastfeeding, they might have a tongue tie. At Smiles by Hanna, we use a virtually pain-free laser frenectomy process called WaterLase.
What is a frenectomy?
Frenum is a piece of tissue that connects to mobile organs in your body. For example, tissue connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth. If that tissue is too tight and impedes tongue function, this procedure removes it.
Traditionally, a surgeon performs a frenectomy by numbing with anesthesia and cutting. But, at Smiles by Hanna, we perform laser frenectomy, which is easier on the patient.
When does an infant need a frenectomy?
An infant may need a frenectomy if the tissue restricts tongue function. In a condition commonly called “tongue-tie,” tissue on the bottom of the tongue extends too far along the tongue.
A tongue-tied infant may have discomfort or problems with breastfeeding and this can lead to trouble talking as well.
Can a frenectomy improve breastfeeding?
Research shows that this procedure can improve breastfeeding. In a study of 50 babies this procedure showed improvement in breastfeeding. This review of frenectomy studies found that a frenectomy offered the best chance of improved breastfeeding and did not lead to complications.
Benefits of laser frenectomy
Laser dentistry options are quicker and easier than traditional surgery, and this is especially important for infants.
In a study of patients randomly assigned to a traditional or laser technique, and the laser frenectomy patients had less pain and fewer complications with speaking and chewing.
Frenectomy with WaterLase
At Smiles by Hanna, we use WasterLase for this procedure. WaterLase combines water, air, and laser energy to remove the tissue without heat or vibration.
Because of this WaterLase:
- Is virtually pain-free
- Requires no anesthesia
- Takes less time
- Has a lower risk of infection
- Produces very little bleeding
- Requires no sutures
- Heals faster
Laser frenectomy in Gilbert, AZ
If you’re looking for laser frenectomy in Gilbert, Arizona, contact our office today because it can be scary to seek treatment for your infant, but Dr. Hanna Mansoor provides quality and compassionate care.
Dental lasers use light energy to accomplish everything from preparing a tooth for a filling, to performing soft tissue surgeries like frenectomies or gingivectomies. Speaking of gingivectomies, Dr. Hanna often uses our WaterLase laser to correct areas of excessive gum tissue…or “gummy smiles” as our patients not-so-fondly refer to them.
Causes of a Gummy Smile
A “gummy” smile is usually due to having too much gum tissue covering the teeth. This causes your tooth to look shorter than it really is. The excessive gingiva growth can be something hereditary, or even due to specific types of medication that you’ve been on. When it grows over the tooth, less enamel is visible…and when you smile, your grin looks like more gums than teeth.
How a Dental Laser Helps
With a laser, we can remove and reshape your gums, creating a more natural and aesthetically pleasing gingival contour. This exposes more of your tooth enamel and creates a fuller looking smile.
Because of how non-invasive dental lasers are, this procedure usually requires little to no local anesthetic whatsoever. That’s right…you might not have to be numbed up! As Dr. Hanna reshapes your gumlines, the laser gently cauterizes the edges of the gingiva, preventing them from bleeding. This technique also reduces recovery time and post-procedure discomfort. Most people do not even need to take a pain reliever afterward.
Dental Lasers – Part of Your Comprehensive Smile Makeover
A laser gum procedure usually takes a matter of minutes — depending on how many teeth are involved — which makes a gummy smile treatment one of the “fastest” ways to makeover your smile!
You may want to consider pairing this treatment with other cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening or veneers, for a comprehensive approach. Even when performed alone, laser gum treatments at our Gilbert, AZ office can significantly boost your smile’s appearance (and your self-confidence!)
If you’re looking to enhance the comfort and accuracy of your dental care, it’s time to consider laser dentistry with our Gilbert dentist.
Advantages of laser dentistry include being less invasive and reducing healing times compared to conventional fillings or oral surgery. This allows Dr. Hanna Mansoor to offer what our patients feel are gentler procedures than when they receive traditional types of treatment.