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 had my first visit to see Dr. Hansen, and it was a good one. He and his staff were very professional and friendly. Looks like I picked the right dentist!"- M.P. / Google / Aug 28, 2017
"Great and friendly staff. My appointment was at 8 and was seen by Mr. Hansen at 8. Definitely recommend this place."- M.R. / Google / Jul 31, 2017
"Fabulous office. I have been having weird issues with my insurance company, resulting in me not having been to the dentist for a full year and now I've got several issues with my teeth. Dr. Hansen (he told me to call him Richard, what a cool guy) was the most friendly, helpful dentist I have EVER been to. I'm pretty young and have found that a lot of doctors can be very patronizing to younger patients, but not with Dr. Hansen or any of the employees I spoke to. They are, however, VERY informative and answered every question I had under the sun.I had to drive 50 minutes to get there (I live in NC) because they're the closest provider that takes my insurance, but even when I get new insurance and can go to someone closer I will still return to this office.Karen, Rose, and the front office guy (his name escapes me!) are the bomb, super organized AND they sorted out everything with my insurance even though there were some technical difficulties. Tiffany (she took my x-rays and did my cleaning) was incredibly knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor.I read some negative reviews from a few years ago and got nervous before I went in, but I think that they've gotten new staff or those reviews weren't legit, because I can't believe that was the same office. I wish I could give them more than five stars, I am more than satisfied with this office and excited to have found a dentist that I don't mind going to (even if the drive sucks)!"- E.M. / Yelp / Jul 25, 2017
"I love this practice! I have a pleasant experience each time I go in. The staff is friendly and always make me feel welcome."- A.B. / Google / Jul 24, 2017
"You'll love your office visits here!Always positive friendly people greeting you.great experiences in all aspects of Dentistry."- R.B. / Yelp / Jul 12, 2017
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.