About Gum Sculpting
Overlapping gum flesh can hide the top of the teeth and create a look known as a "gummy grin". This dental concern can be effectively fixed with sculpting by use of a laser. Many dental practitioners refer to this as periodontal cosmetic surgery. At DentalWorks - Fort Mill in Tega Cay, SC our dentists perform gum contouring using a special laser to easily and safely strip away excess gum flesh to reveal more of the tooth. While this service is sometimes labeled as an aesthetic treatment, gum reshaping also helps a patient's dental health by decreasing the risk of infection by removing areas where bacteria can hide. This helps in lowering the chance for periodontal problems.
"I absolutely love this place. I have been getting my dental work done at this facility for a little over three years now. Tiffany, my hygienist, is so sweet and always a welcoming face. Dr. Hanson has been fantastic and the front desk staff is wonderful to work with. I'd highly recommend this location to anyone who needs dental care."- C.P. / Google / May 31, 2018
"I am very happy with this practice. The staff is knowledgeable and had me in and out in a timely manner."- A.H. / Google / May 19, 2018
"Lisa, the hygenist, knows what she's doing and takes great pride in her work. I'm actually excited to go to the dentist!"- J.A. / Google / May 16, 2018
"Appointment was on schedule and went smoothly. Staff makes you feel welcome and at ease during the visit. Been going here for 6 years and I appreciate their services."- M.P. / Google / May 12, 2018
"Quick appointment, Dentist did a great job"- M.K. / Google / May 11, 2018
What to Expect
Gum contouring using laser technology can be done directly inside our dental treatment room in Tega Cay, SC using a light local anesthetic to decrease any discomfort. It is common for patients to have worry regarding a dental treatment, so our dentists are happy 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 gently remove strips of gum tissue so that the gum's appearance looks natural and straight. This advanced laser technology at DentalWorks - Fort Mill also works to eliminate bleeding and seal the shape of the gumline.
The gums may be inflamed and swollen for a couple of weeks following laser gum sculpting, 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 DentalWorks - Fort Mill are suggested to help keep healthy gums.
A laser contouring treatment for the gums may or may not be paid for under insurance. While it is considered an aesthetic dental procedure, but some cases may need this treatment for dental care purposes. The insurance coordinators at DentalWorks - Fort Mill will investigate 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. Laser gum sculpting at DentalWorks - Fort Mill in Tega Cay, SC can improve this dental deformity quickly without surgery. In addition to getting a pretty 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.