Laser gum contouring is becoming more popular among patients who have an uneven gum line or gummy smile. The procedure allows dentists to reshape the gum line to produce a more pleasing aesthetic.


Today, the Troy cosmetic dentist performs an increasing number of laser gum contouring treatments. The use of laser technology has made it easier to contour gum tissue with reduced risks and fewer side effects. In this blog, we’ll explain how laser gum contouring can be performed to improve the appearance of the smile.


What does the procedure involve?


Laser gum contouring involves the removal of a small amount of soft gum tissue to produce a uniform gum line or minimize the amount of gum tissue that shows when a patient smiles. To start the procedure, we’ll administer a local anesthetic to numb the gum tissue and prevent any discomfort during the treatment process.


Once you’re completely numb, the Troy cosmetic dentist will use a dental laser to sculpt the gum line and create an attractive contour; this may involve the removal of gum tissue across the entire upper gum line, or the removal of excess gum tissue from specific teeth. 


The entire process takes less than an hour. Once the gums have been reshaped to the desired aesthetic, the patient can return home.


How long does it take to recover?


The laser gum contouring procedure results in minimal side effects. Still, you may experience minor discomfort during the healing period. To reduce any pain, avoid spicy foods, foods and drinks that are heated or cooled to extreme temperatures, and foods that contain small seeds. An over-the-counter pain reliever can be used to treat any discomfort.


You should continue to brush and floss their teeth in the days after treatment. However, during the first few days after treatment, it is important to be as gentle as possible. Laser dentistry offers many benefits, including a minimal recovery time and few side effects. 


Other benefits are:


  • Less pain during and after treatment
  • Reduced degree of bleeding and swelling
  • Less chance of infection
  • Improved and even gum line
  • The gum line is more proportionate to the teeth
  • The ideal amount of gum tissue shows when you smile, laugh, or speak

The laser gum contouring procedure is commonly performed in combination with other dental procedures. Porcelain veneers may be applied to the front surface of the teeth to make them appear straighter, lengthen short teeth, or mask stains. Teeth whitening may be performed to make the teeth whiter. By choosing additional treatments, patients can achieve a total smile makeover.


If you’re thinking about a laser gum contouring procedure, contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Bentley office to arrange a convenient consultation. 


Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. All of us suffer from bad breath from time to time, especially in the morning. Some common reasons for bad breath include:

  • Poor oral hygiene 
  • Periodontal (gum) disease 
  • Tooth decay 
  • Tobacco Use
  • Prescription medications
  • Medical conditions 

Your Troy, OH family dentist wants you to be informed about the reasons for bad breath and how to eliminate it. While there may be a medical reason for chronic bad breath, there are some easy lifestyle changes you can make to minimize the risk.

Don’t smoke: While there is a multitude of reasons to quit the bad habit of smoking, one of the more obvious ones is to devoid yourself of the smell externally (clothes and body) and internally (your mouth). 

Don’t eat foods with strong odors: Avoid onions and garlic, especially before or during an important business meeting or another event where you need to interact with others. Onions and garlic leave a strong odor because they contain elements that make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs until you finally breathe them out. 

Do floss: Flossing isn’t only necessary for your oral health to prevent cavities, but it dislodges food particles that would be otherwise stuck between your teeth, trapping bacteria and causing a distinctive odor. 

Do chew sugarless gum: If you can’t brush your teeth immediately after eating, try rinsing out your mouth with water or chewing sugarless gum about 20 minutes after mealtime. Chewing stimulates saliva production, which combats bacteria and cavities that lead to bad breath. 

Chronic breath is not only unpleasant, but it may also be an indication of a more serious problem like periodontal disease. Please call your Troy, OH family dentist to arrange an appointment. You may be surprised that’s all that’s needed is a thorough dental cleaning to refresh your smile.


According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 70 percent of Americans are taking some sort of prescription medication, with antibiotics and antidepressants topping the list. 

You may be surprised to learn that these and many other medications - including antihistamines, vitamins, and even some herbal preparations - can have an unwanted effect on the health of your mouth. The Troy, OH family dentist explains:

Prescription Medications and Dry Mouth

A number of medications (both prescribed and over-the-counter) indicate dry mouth as a potential side effect. Some of these are decongestants, high blood pressure medication, and antidepressants. Dry mouth is a nuisance, but it can actually create conditions in your mouth that lead to periodontal disease.

Saliva has a cleansing effect because it carries away food debris and kills bacteria in your mouth. Drying irritates the soft tissues in your mouth, causing inflammation making decay and infection more likely.

Practicing a diligent oral hygiene routine is essential because the absence of sufficient amounts of saliva reduces your body’s natural ability to neutralize bacteria in your mouth.

If dry mouth is a problem for you, please your Troy, OH family dentist know so we can recommend an oral hygiene routine to limit the discomfort. Drinking water or sucking on a sugar-free lozenge, or chewing sugarless gum can all be helpful for stimulating the production of saliva to counteract dry mouth.

Knowledge is Power

We are NOT suggesting you stop taking any medication prescribed by your doctor. But understanding the effects they can have on your oral health can keep you informed and one step ahead of potential problems.

Open communication is an important element of providing you with dental treatments that protect and preserve your oral health. You should never hesitate to talk to your family dentist about any medical concerns, even if you think they are not related to the condition of your mouth. 

 

Please call us to arrange your next appointment so we can review your medications and make adjustments as necessary.

Complimentary Certificate

New Patient Special:
$1 Welcome Exam or Half Price Teeth Whitening

Download Coupon

Family Dentistry
Information Packet

How it works, how much it costs, and much more...

Download Packet

Real Results

Best dentist in Troy, Ohio

View Patient Reviews

About Our Dentists

Our dentists are highly skilled and educated. They pursue continuing education with some of the leading dental clinicians in the world to enable them to provide exceptional care.

About Excellence in Dentistry in Troy, Ohio

Learn More

Excellence in Dentistry

Watch Video

Smile Consultation:
Schedule Online
Patient Reviews
Write Review