About Gum Sculpting
Overlapping gum flesh can hide the top of the teeth and create a periodontal issue known as a "gummy grin". This dental concern can be quickly fixed with sculpting by use of a laser. Many dental practitioners refer to this as periodontal cosmetic surgery. At Hilltop Dental Care in Thornton, CO our dentists perform gum contouring using a periodontal laser to easily and safely strip away excess gum flesh to uncover more of the tooth. While this service is sometimes labeled as an aesthetic treatment, laser gum resculpting also helps a patient's dental health by lowering the risk of infection by removing areas where bacteria can hide. This helps in lowering the chance for periodontal problems.
What to Expect
Gum contouring using laser technology can be handled directly inside our dental treatment room in Thornton, CO using a light local anesthetic to eliminate any discomfort. It is common for patients to have worry regarding a dental treatment, so our dentists are willing to offer sedation for individuals who request it. The first step of the treatment process the gums and tooth enamel will be rinsed and thoroughly dried and then the light from the laser will precisely remove strips of gum tissue so that the gum's appearance looks healthy, smooth, and even. This advanced laser technology at Hilltop Dental Care also assists to eliminate bleeding and seal the shape of the gumline.
The gums may be swollen and sensitive for a couple of weeks following gum resculpting, but with consistent brushing and flossing, the swelling will dissipate and the gums will recover quickly. Our dentists will discuss the protocol along with possible antibiotics to a rapid recovery. Professional cleanings and dental exams at Hilltop Dental Care are suggested to help keep healthy gums.
A laser contouring treatment for the gums may or may not be paid for under insurance. Typically it is considered an aesthetic dental procedure, but some cases may need this treatment for dental care purposes. The insurance coordinators at Hilltop Dental Care will check into each patient's coverage to understand their out-of-pocket expenses.
Plan Your Procedure
More Tooth, Less Gum
Overgrown gum tissue can lead to an unattractive smile. Gum treatment with laser at Hilltop Dental Care in Thornton, CO can improve this dental deformity fast and easy without surgery. In addition to getting a beautiful new smile, your oral health will also improve, decreasing the likelihood for periodontal disease. Contact us to schedule an appointment with our dentists for more information.