About Laser Gum Contouring
Sexy teeth might be concealed by too much gum tissue. A "gummy" smile is the result of excess gum tissue concealing too much of your teeth. MINT dentistry in Friendswood, TX is dedicated to helping you reveal a more attractive smile with proactive care and modern treatments. Laser gum contouring is a cutting-edge technology to improve the shape of your gums by excising overgrown soft tissue to reveal your sexy teeth. Not only can gum contouring give you a more attractive smile, but a higher gumline may also help your oral health by removing areas where bacteria often get caught, which can lead to the first stage of gum disease (gingivitis). During your initial consultation at MINT dentistry, a board-certified professional can assess your oral health to decide if laser gum contouring will improve your smile and confidence.
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Best Candidates for Laser Gum Contouring
Laser gum contouring 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 laser gum sculpting if you'd like to balance the amount of gum tissue that's visible when you smile. If your gums are overdeveloped and come down too low over your enamel, gum contouring can reveal a more even gumline. Laser gum contouring is also beneficial if you have problems with chronic oral infections or gum disease caused by debris and bacteria trapped in deep gum pockets. During your consultation, we will perform an examination and create a personalized plan for your treatment that will fit both your cosmetic and oral health goals.
What to Expect with Laser Gum Contouring
Using advanced dental technology, laser gum contouring is performed in our office using a mild local anesthetic. MINT dentistry is also equipped to perform many sedation methods if you have anxiety or fears about visiting the dentist. Before your procedure starts, your team will give you time to relax in a massaging treatment chair. You will be invited to listen to music through a pair of Beats headphones or watch a television show on a flat-screen. To begin, your teeth and gums will be cleaned, then dried. Next, your team will use the laser handpiece to eliminate excess gum tissue a little at a time. The heat from the laser cauterizes your gums to minimize bleeding. When your gumline is even, we will clean your mouth so you can enjoy the final result. The entire procedure can typically be done during just one visit.
Laser Gum Contouring Treatment Aftercare
Following the reshaping procedure, we will discuss aftercare instructions. Your dentist may write you a prescription for antibiotics if there are concerns about an infection. Your gums may be swollen for a while. If you gently brush your teeth every day and use mouthwash, your gums will heal and look normal again soon. If you have any complications, you should contact MINT dentistry. Keep attending your twice-yearly cleanings so that our team can check your progress and help keep your smile great.
The MINT Commitment
Since gum contouring is considered a dental cosmetic procedure, it is not generally covered by insurance companies. However, our team will check to see if any coverage is possible before the procedure. For out-of-pocket costs or if you don't have dental insurance, our office takes several payment methods. Your dentist will go over estimates in your initial consultation, as well as information on medical financing to make it easier to fit your treatment into your budget. Our team is committed to helping every patient get the dental care they deserve and desire.
Contour Your Smile
Laser gum contouring at MINT dentistry is a great procedure for many reasons — it can correct a "gummy" smile while also reduce your risk of conditions, like gum disease. Whether you want to create more confidence in your smile or boost the health of your mouth, you may be a good candidate for laser gum contouring. If you would like to learn more about gum contouring, contact our office in Friendswood, TX to book a consultation with a board-certified MINT dentistry professional.