Laser Gum Contouring

LaserGum Contouring

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About Laser Gum Contouring

A great smile might be hidden by overgrown gums. A "gummy" smile happens when too much enamel is hidden by excessive soft tissue. 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 health by removing pockets where bacteria get trapped, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. 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.

Best Candidates

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 laser 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 benefit both the appearance of your smile and your oral health.

What to Expect

Gum contouring with a laser 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. Laser gum sculpting can usually be completed in one visit and may be combined with one of your twice-yearly cleanings.

Treatment Aftercare

Following your procedure, 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 keep your smile beautiful.

The MINT Commitment

Laser gum contouring, like most cosmetic treatments, 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

Cosmetic gum sculpting at MINT dentistry is a great procedure for several reasons — it can enhance a "gummy" smile while also reduce your risk of gingivitis (the first stage of 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 sculpting and other cosmetic treatments, contact our office in Houston, TX to book an initial consultation with our team of board-certified dental professionals.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.