About Laser Gum Contouring
A great smile could be hidden by your gums. A "gummy" smile happens when too much enamel is hidden by excessive soft tissue. MINT dentistry in Pearland, TX is committed to helping our patients achieve a sexy smile with comprehensive dentistry and advanced procedures. Laser gum contouring is a cutting-edge technique to sculpt your gums by removing excess gum tissue and exposing more of the tooth for a stunning smile. Not only can gum contouring give you a more aesthetically appealing smile, it can also improve your oral health by removing areas where bacteria could become trapped, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. During a consultation at MINT dentistry, our team of board-certified dentists can assess your teeth and gums to determine if laser gum contouring is right for you.
Gum contouring can create a more proportionate smile while improving your overall oral health. You may be a candidate for laser gum sculpting if you want to improve the look of your smile by reducing the amount of gum tissue that appears when you smile. If your gums appear too low, gum contouring can create a more even gumline. Laser gum contouring is also beneficial if you have problems with chronic oral infections or gum disease due to bacteria hiding in excess gum tissue. Before recommending this procedure, the MINT dentistry team will perform a comprehensive exam and create 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 an in-office dental procedure performed with a mild local anesthetic. Sedation dentistry is also available at MINT dentistry if you have anxiety or fears about dental treatments. Prior to the actual procedure, 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, a member of the MINT dentistry team will use the laser to remove excess gum tissue until a more balanced gum line is revealed. The laser seals the tissue for minimal bleeding during the procedure. Once your gumline is the desired shape, 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.
Following your procedure, we will give you aftercare instructions. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics if any signs of an infection were observed during the treatment. Your gums may be inflamed for a few weeks. With a proper oral health routine of daily brushing, your gums should heal quickly. If you experience any complications, we encourage you to contact MINT dentistry right away. You should continue to schedule annual dental exams and cleanings so that our team can monitor your oral health and keep your smile beautiful.
The MINT Commitment
Laser gum contouring, like most cosmetic treatments, are not typically covered by insurance companies. However, our team will work to verify if any coverage is possible before the procedure. For out-of-pocket costs or if you don't have dental insurance, MINT dentistry accepts many payment methods. A member of our team will go over estimates during your consultation as well as information on low-interest medical financing to help make your treatment more affordable. We are committed to helping our patients obtain the dental care they deserve and desire.
Contour Your Smile
Cosmetic gum sculpting at MINT dentistry is a great procedure for multiple reasons — it can enhance the overall appearance of 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 your oral health, 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 Pearland, TX to book your consultation with our team of board-certified dental professionals.