Gum Contouring Baytown, TX
Gum contouring in Baytown, TX, is a cosmetic procedure that combats gummy smiles and improves oral health. The process entails removing excessive gum tissues that crowds your teeth, making them look too small for your mouth.
Is Excess Gum Tissue Dangerous?
While this seems like a wholly cosmetic issue, excess gum tissue puts you at greater risk of periodontal diseases. The overly large pockets can create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria that is difficult to reach with brushing and flossing.
Laser Gum Contouring
At KAM Dental in Baytown, TX, we use a sophisticated laser to:
- Reduce the risk of bleeding
- Lower the chance of infection
- Improve accuracy
- Shorten the treatment time
- Drastically shorten or eliminate recovery time
We thoroughly numb the area before we begin the gum contouring procedure. If you feel nervous, we can also administer a mild sedative.
What to Expect During Your Initial Consultation
The initial consultation is a thorough evaluation of your current condition and whether or not you would be a good candidate for the procedure. Our team will ask for details of the medication you take and your medical history.
When necessary, one of our dental professionals will take an X-ray image of your mouth for the doctor to examine. You will then see the dentist for a thorough dental examination and discuss any issues they find.
Dr. Irondi will create a custom treatment plan and discuss your procedure if you are a good candidate. They then answer any questions you may ask about gum contouring in Baytown, TX.
The procedure will take roughly one or two hours from check-in to completion. We recommend going home and resting after your procedure, but you can return to work the next day.
You may experience inflammation and tenderness when the numbing agent wears off, but this will only last two to three days. The level of discomfort you experience depends on how much tissue we remove.
You can take over-the-counter medication to reduce pain or use a cold compress. We recommend against brushing your teeth until the area heals. Instead, rinse your mouth two to three times a day with either salt water or an anti-bacterial rinse.
In addition, we recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for a few days after your procedure. During recovery, it is also best to stick to soft foods like:
Are There Any Risks?
The technology we use is far safer than cutting with a scalpel. However, as with any procedure, there are risks, including:
- An adverse reaction to anesthesia: We use a local rather than general anesthetic and conscious sedation if you require it. There is always a small risk of an adverse reaction, so we carefully calculate the lowest, most efficient dose for safety reasons.
- Infection: Using the aftercare program that we suggest minimizes this risk
- Regrowth: Your gums are living tissue, and so they might grow back
Can You Benefit from Gum Contouring in Baytown?
Should you consider gum contouring in Baytown, TX? Schedule an appointment at KAM Dental to discuss your options by calling 281-767-2891.