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.
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.
At KAM Dental in Baytown, TX, we use a sophisticated laser to:
We thoroughly numb the area before we begin the gum contouring procedure. If you feel nervous, we can also administer a mild sedative.
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:
The technology we use is far safer than cutting with a scalpel. However, as with any procedure, there are risks, including:
Should you consider gum contouring in Baytown, TX? Schedule an appointment at KAM Dental to discuss your options by calling 281-421-5950.