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Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry – Gum Disease Treatment – Crown Lengthening – Houston, TX

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Overview

Do you wish for a bigger smile, but shudder at the idea of drills in your mouth? Are you constantly stressing about the health of your gums, but brushing just does not cut it? We have the answer for you. The Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry board-certified cosmetic dentists and staff have invested in countless hours of ongoing education to offer cutting-edge laser dentistry services to our patients. With lasers, we are able to offer gum recontouring, bacteria reduction, gum disease treatments, pre-cancer and pathogen tissue excisions, and more. During a private consultation in our Houston or The Woodlands, TX office, we can explain the benefits to you in more detail on how laser dentistry can change the health of your teeth and gums.

Summary of Treatments

Gum Recontouring or Crown Lengthening
With regards to surgery, we can make a smile fuller through the practice of laser gum recontouring, or "crown lengthening" as it’s also known. A pristine set of teeth can suffer from an unappealing gum line if they’re uneven or extend too far downward. Dubbed a "gummy smile," many suffering from this tend to feel self-conscious about the small size of their teeth in proportion to the gums. Fortunately, we can correct this problem by removing the excess gum tissue to reveal more of the tooth with the Waterlase MD technology. Laser dentistry can help give you a healthy and attractive smile worth flashing, by framing it with exquisitely sculpted gums.

Periodontal Treatments
The dental laser isn’t just for surgery, playing a critical role in dental hygiene as well. Bacteria and pathogens can work their way under the gums, causing them to inflame and eventually leading to periodontitis. We can combat this by running our laser under the gums, which kills off unwelcome bacteria and pathogens. Periodontal disease ultimately leads to tooth loss if left untreated. Additionally, by removing bacteria before it enters the bloodstream, we greatly reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. You may need several treatments to stop the spread of the disease depending on the severity of your gums.

Pre-Cancerous or Oral Pathogen Excisions
We can use the laser to remove pre-cancerous cells or lesions from the soft tissues in your oral cavity.

Laser Dentistry FAQs

Does It Hurt?

Lasers are generally employed by our dentists for a specific area of focus. It will not damage surrounding tissues. Depending on the power output and duration of exposure for the procedure, anesthesia is generally not needed. If you are concerned about pain during your laser procedure, please speak with your dentists in the treatment planning stage so that we can discuss pain management and sedation dentistry options. We want you to have a pleasant experience.

What are the Benefi

Lasers can minimize bleeding due to its high-energy beam aiding in coagulation (clotting), can minimize bacterial infections by sterilizing the targeted area, and can promote faster healing in your gums than conventional dental surgery.

Are Laser Safe for Everyone?

Yes. Laser dentistry can be performed on patients of all ages (from infancy to geriatrics) safely. Lasers can also provide some dental services to patients who might not qualify for conventional oral surgery. For instance, patients who have bleeding disorders or are taking blood thinners, may be better candidates for laser surgery. 

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All our registered dental hygienists are certified and trained to use our state-of-the-art dental lasers we house at the Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. If you think laser gum contouring or laser dental hygiene are what you need for a more aesthetically pleasing smile and healthier gums, we encourage you to call our office for more information.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.