About Laser Gum Contouring
The perfect smile could be hidden by overgrown gums. A "gummy" smile refers to when your mouth has too much gum tissue and not enough visible enamel. MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX is committed to helping our patients achieve a sexy smile with proactive care and cosmetic treatments. Laser gum contouring uses cutting-edge techniques to improve the shape of your gums by removing overgrown gum tissue to expose your dazzling smile. In addition to giving you a more aesthetically appealing smile, a higher gumline can also help your oral health by eliminating pockets where bacteria often get caught, which can lead to gum disease. During your initial consultation at MINT dentistry, our team of board-certified dentists can assess your oral health to decide if laser gum sculpting will improve your smile and confidence.
Gum contouring can improve both the appearance of your smile and your oral health. You might be interested in laser gum sculpting if you want to balance the amount of gum tissue that's visible when you smile. If your gums appear too low, laser gum sculpting will reveal a more even gumline. Laser gum contouring may also prevent chronic oral infections or gum disease due to debris and bacteria trapped in large gum pockets. During your consultation, your dentist will perform a comprehensive examination and create a personalized treatment plan to match your unique goals and improve your health.
What to Expect
Gum contouring with a laser is performed in our office with local anesthetic. Sedation dentistry is also available at MINT dentistry if you have fears or anxiety about dental treatments. Before 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, then dried to remove excess moisture. Then, a member of the MINT dentistry team will use the laser to remove excess tissue a little at a time. The heat from the laser cauterizes your gums so incisions are not required. Once your gumline is even, we will clean your mouth so you can enjoy the final result. For most patients, laser gum sculpting will be completed in one appointment.
Following your procedure, we will give you aftercare instructions. Your dentist may write you a prescription for antibiotics. Your gums may be inflamed for a few weeks. With a good oral health routine (daily brushing and mouthwash), your gums will heal and look normal again soon. If you experience any complications, you should contact our office immediately. Continue to schedule biannual dental cleanings so we can monitor your gums and help you keep your smile stunning.
The MINT Commitment
Cosmetic treatments, like laser gum contouring, are not usually covered by insurance companies. However, our team will ask your provider if any benefits are available before the procedure. For out-of-pocket costs or if you don't have dental insurance, we accept several payment methods. Your dentist will discuss estimates during your consultation, as well as information on low-interest medical financing to make it easier to afford your treatment. Our team is dedicated to helping every patient get the dental care they deserve and desire.
Contour Your Smile
Sculpting your gums with laser contouring at MINT dentistry is a great procedure for multiple reasons — removing excess gum tissue can correct a "gummy" smile while also minimizing your risk of problems with gum disease. If you'd like to have a more confident smile or boost the health of your gums and teeth, you may be a good candidate for laser gum contouring. To get more information about gum sculpting and other cosmetic treatments, contact our practice in Lake Worth, TX to schedule an initial consultation.