About Laser Gum Contouring
Your best smile could be concealed by too much gum tissue. A "gummy" smile occurs when the tops of the teeth are concealed by excess gum tissue. MINT dentistry in Conroe, TX is committed to giving you a more attractive smile with comprehensive dentistry and cosmetic treatments. Laser gum contouring is a cutting-edge technology to improve the shape of your gums by removing excess gum tissue to reveal your sexy teeth. Not only can gum contouring give you a more attractive smile, but it can also improve your dental health by removing places where debris and bacteria often get caught, which can lead to gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease). During your consultation at MINT dentistry, a board-certified dentist can assess your oral health to decide if laser gum contouring will improve your smile and confidence.
Best Candidates for Laser Gum Contouring
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 may be a 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 appear too low, a laser treatment will reveal a better gumline. Gum sculpting may also prevent problems, like gum disease and halitosis (chronic bad breath), caused by debris and bacteria trapped in deep gum pockets. During your consultation, your dentist will perform an examination and craft a personalized treatment plan to match your unique goals and improve your health.
What to Expect with Laser Gum Contouring
Using advanced dental technology, laser gum contouring is performed in our office with local anesthetic. We also offer several methods of sedation dentistry to help with any anxiety or fears about visiting the dentist. Prior to the treatment, your team will give you time to relax in a massaging treatment chair. You can choose to watch your favorite television shows or listen to your favorite songs with a pair of our Beats headphones. To start the treatment, your gums and teeth will be cleaned and dried to remove excess moisture. Then, a member of the MINT dentistry team will use the laser handpiece to remove the needed soft tissue, revealing your new gumline. The heat from the laser cauterizes your gums for minimal bleeding during the procedure. When your gumline is the desired shape, we will clean your mouth so you can enjoy your results. For most patients, laser gum sculpting will be completed in one appointment.
Laser Gum Contouring Treatment Aftercare
Following the reshaping procedure, your team will give you aftercare instructions. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if any signs of infection were observed during the treatment. Your mouth may be swollen for a while. If you gently brush your teeth every day and use mouthwash, the soft tissue will heal and look normal again soon. If you notice any complications, you should contact MINT dentistry. You should continue to schedule annual dental exams and cleanings so we can monitor your oral health and help keep your smile great.
The MINT Commitment
Laser gum contouring, like most cosmetic treatments, is not typically covered by dental insurance. However, we will ask your provider if any coverage is possible before the procedure. For out-of-pocket costs or if you aren't using dental insurance, we accept many payment methods. We will give you estimates during your consultation, plus information on financing to make it easier to fit your treatment into your budget. We are dedicated to helping our patients get the dental care they deserve and desire.
Contour Your Smile
A treatment with laser gum contouring at MINT dentistry is an amazing procedure for multiple reasons — removing excess gum tissue can enhance a "gummy" smile while also minimizing your chance of developing gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease). If you'd like to create more confidence in your smile or improve your oral health, you may be a good candidate for laser gum contouring. To learn more about gum sculpting and other cosmetic treatments, contact our office in Conroe, TX to book a consultation with a board-certified dentist.