Your gum tissue serves several important purposes. On a functional level, this tissue surrounds and protects the roots of your teeth. On a cosmetic level, your gums serve to outline your teeth, providing a frame for your entire smile.
Some people have excess gum tissue that extends too far over the teeth. This can impact the appearance of your smile by making your teeth look small in comparison to your gums. This condition, called a "gummy smile," can often mar an otherwise beautiful smile.
Fortunately, a gummy smile can easily be corrected by a laser gum recontouring procedure. Our cosmetic dentists can dramatically reshape your gum tissue using state-of-the-art laser technology, helping you achieve a dazzling, photogenic smile that accentuates your beautiful teeth.
You can find out whether laser gum recontouring is the right option to achieve your aesthetic goals by speaking with one of our dentists in person. Please call 281-320-2000 today to schedule a free consultation. We serve patients in Spring, Conroe, the Woodlands and the surrounding areas of North Houston.
Is Gum Recontouring Right for Me?
If you have excess or uneven gum tissue that obscures your teeth, you are most likely a good candidate for gum recontouring. However, it's important to understand that you must have healthy gums in order to undergo this procedure. If your gums are receding or exhibit signs of gum disease, you may require periodontal treatment to return your gums to proper health before moving forward with a gum recontouring procedure.
Gum recontouring is a great way to eliminate the self-consciousness that is commonly caused by a gummy smile. Many of our patients experience restored confidence in their smile following their procedure.
Benefits of Laser Gum Recontouring
Your procedure will help you achieve a more symmetrical gum line, resulting in a beautiful smile that truly enhances your appearance. In addition, laser gum recontouring offers a variety of benefits compared with traditional surgical methods that use a scalpel to reshape your gum line. These include:
- Little or no bleeding (the heat of the laser cauterizes the gum tissue)
- Quicker, more comfortable treatment
- No need for sutures
- Increased precision and more cosmetically appealing results
Your Laser Gum Recontouring Treatment
Your laser gum recontouring procedure can be completed in just one brief visit to our dental office. Our cosmetic dentists use the latest and most advanced soft tissue diode lasers, which are extremely safe and precise. This level of accuracy ensures that only the targeted gum tissue will be impacted while the surrounding tissue remains untouched.
During your treatment, our dentists will target and vaporize excess gum tissue in order to reshape your gum line in a manner that accentuates your teeth and enhances the appearance of your smile. The procedure is virtually painless, and the use of laser energy seals off blood vessels to reduce bleeding.
You may experience mild swelling and gum sensitivity for a week after your procedure. Any discomfort can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen. You may prefer eating soft foods until your gums have completely healed.
Contact our Houston Cosmetic Dentists
To find out whether gum recontouring is right for you, please contact Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry using the form on this page or call 281-320-2000 today to schedule a free consultation. We serve patients in Spring, Conroe, the Woodlands and throughout North Houston.