About Laser Gum Contouring
The perfect smile might be hidden by overgrown gums. A "gummy" smile is caused by excessive gum tissue covering too much of your teeth. MINT dentistry in Houston, TX is committed to helping you reveal a sexy smile with comprehensive dentistry and cosmetic procedures. Laser gum contouring is a cutting-edge technique to sculpt your gums by removing overgrown gum tissue to expose your dazzling smile. Not only can gum contouring give you a better-looking smile, it can also improve your oral health by removing pockets where bacteria get trapped, which can lead to the first stage of gum disease (gingivitis). During a consultation at MINT dentistry, a board-certified professional can assess your teeth and gums to determine if laser gum contouring will improve your smile and confidence.
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Sculpting your gums with a laser treatment can improve the ratio of soft tissue to enamel for a more proportionate and attractive smile while also helping your overall oral health. You are a good candidate for gum sculpting if you want to eliminate excess gum tissue to help improve your appearance. If your gums are overdeveloped and come down too low over your enamel, laser gum sculpting can create a better gumline. Gum sculpting may also prevent problems like gum disease and halitosis (chronic bad breath) due to bacteria hiding in deep gum pockets. At your initial consultation, we will perform an exam and craft a customized treatment plan to fit both your cosmetic and oral health goals.
What to Expect
An advanced cosmetic treatment, gum contouring is completed in our state-of-the-art practice with local anesthetic. We also offer several methods of sedation dentistry to soothe any anxiety or fears about visiting the dentist. Prior to the treatment, we will help you settle into one of our comfortable treatment chairs. You will be invited to watch your favorite television shows or listen to your favorite songs with a pair of our Beats headphones. To begin, your teeth and gums will be cleaned and dried. Next, your doctor will use the laser to remove overgrown tissue a little at a time. The laser seals the remaining tissue so incisions are not required. Once your gumline is even, your dentist will clean your mouth so you can see your results. In most cases, it will only take one visit to complete your laser gum sculpting treatment.
Following laser gum sculpting, your dentist will give you aftercare instructions. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics. Your gums may be swollen for a few weeks. With a good oral health routine (daily brushing and mouthwash), your gums should heal quickly. If you have any questions of signs of an infection, you should contact MINT dentistry. Continue to schedule bi-annual dental cleanings so that our team can monitor your gums and make sure your smile stays dazzling.
The MINT Commitment
Cosmetic treatments, like laser gum contouring, are not generally covered by dental insurance. However, our team will ask your provider if any coverage is possible before the procedure. For out-of-pocket costs or if you don't have dental insurance, our office takes many payment methods. Your dentist will give you estimates during your consultation as well as information on financing to make it easier to afford your treatment. Our team is committed to helping our patients obtain the dental care they need and want.
Contour Your Smile
A treatment with laser gum contouring at MINT dentistry is a great procedure for several reasons — it can enhance the overall appearance of a "gummy" smile while also reduce your risk of periodontal (gum) disease. Whether you want to create more confidence in your smile or improve the health of your gums and teeth, laser gum contouring may be a good choice for you. If you would like to learn more about gum contouring, contact our office in Houston, TX to book an initial consultation with a board-certified dentist.