About Laser Gum Contouring
Your best smile may be concealed by too much gum tissue. A "gummy" smile refers to when your mouth has too much gum tissue and not enough visible enamel. MINT dentistry in Fort Worth, TX is dedicated to giving you a more attractive smile through proactive care and modern treatments. Laser gum contouring uses cutting-edge technology to improve the shape of your gums by excising overdeveloped soft tissue to reveal your sexy teeth. In addition to giving you a more attractive smile, a higher gumline may also help your health by eliminating places where debris and bacteria often get caught, which can cause gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease). During your initial consultation at MINT dentistry, a board-certified doctor will evaluate your oral health to decide if laser gum sculpting can help your smile.
Best Candidates for Laser Gum Contouring
Laser gum controuing can improve both the appearance of your smile and your oral health. You might be interested in cosmetic gum contouring if you'd like to balance the amount of gum tissue that's visible when you smile. If you have a low gumline, a laser treatment will reveal a higher gumline. A laser gum procedure can also help treat gingivitis and other chronic infections caused by debris and bacteria trapped in large gum pockets. During your consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough examination and then develop a personalized plan for your treatment that will optimize your oral health and smile.
What to Expect with Laser Gum Contouring
Using advanced dental technology, laser gum contouring is performed in our office using local anesthetic. MINT dentistry is also equipped to perform many sedation methods to help with any fears or anxiety about getting a dental procedure. Before your procedure starts, your team will give you time to relax in a massaging treatment chair. You can choose to listen to music through a pair of Beats headphones or watch a television show on a flat-screen. To start the treatment, your gums and teeth will be cleaned then dried to remove excess moisture. Then, your team will carefully use the laser handpiece to eliminate the needed soft tissue, revealing your new gumline. The heat from the laser cauterizes your gums to minimize bleeding. When the desired amount of tissue has been removed and your gumline is even, we will rinse and clean your teeth and gums so you can enjoy the final result. Laser gum contouring treatments should only take, for most patients, one visit, which may be combined with your regular appointment for a cleaning and exam.
Laser Gum Contouring Treatment Aftercare
After your laser gum contouring, your team will discuss instructions for your recovery. Your doctor may write you a prescription for antibiotics if there are concerns about an infection. Your mouth may feel sore and 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 concerns or questions, please contact our office immediately. Keep attending your twice-yearly cleanings so we can check your progress and help keep your smile great.
The MINT Commitment
Elective cosmetic treatments, like laser gum contouring, are not usually covered by dental insurance policies. However, we will check to see if any benefits are available. For patients who aren't using dental insurance, we accept several methods of payment. We can discuss estimates in your initial consultation plus information on financing to make it easier to fit your treatment into your budget. MINT dentistry is dedicated to helping every patient get the treatments and procedures they need.
Contour Your Smile
Sculpting your gums with laser contouring at MINT dentistry is an amazing procedure for many reasons — removing excess gum tissue can correct a "gummy" smile as well as minimize your chance of developing problems with gum disease. If you'd like to have a more confident smile or boost the health of your mouth, you may be a good candidate for laser gum contouring. To get more information about laser gum sculpting, contact our practice in Fort Worth, TX to schedule a consultation.