Cosmetic Gum Recontouring
What’s Gum Recontouring?
Excessive gum tissue makes teeth appear short and gives rise to a “gummy” smile. Receding gums is a situation where the gum tissue draws away from the tooth, revealing its roots. Gum recession can cause a lot of damage, like loose teeth, tooth sensitivity, loss of teeth and tooth decay. So receding gums won’t only make your teeth look longer, but will also seriously harm them.
Cosmetic gum recontouring is perfect for anyone with an uneven gum line, that’s either too high or low. Gum recontouring is also called tissue sculpting or gum reshaping. This procedure will straighten out the gum line, giving you the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Preparation before Recontouring Procedure
The first thing our dentist will do is review the procedure. Then, with a pen he will draw a line over the area he will be working on to serve as a template. Next he will administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth to avoid any discomfort.
What to Expect during the Procedure?
Performing cosmetic gum recontouring involves reshaping of the gum’s contours. And, it involves a different treatment for gummy smiles and receding gums, which happen to be very simple and quick for both.
a) Gummy Smile
In case of excessive gum tissue, it is removed either through the use of scalpels, radiosurgery or lasers to show longer beautiful teeth. The tools for this procedure are chosen according to each patient’s situation. The process of reducing gum tissue is called gingevectomy and lasers are often used in this because of its many benefits.
b) Receding Gums
For receding gums, tissue is added to the tooth to prevent dreadful effects. The tissue is obtained from the roof of the mouth, then skilfully attached to the teeth to form a new gum line. This is a very simple practice and induces little or no discomfort. After its completion, you will have perfectly framed teeth, contributing to a beautiful smile.
What to Expect After the Procedure?
Recovery will take a few days or weeks. There may be a bit of uneasiness after the procedure. The doctor will inform you about the steps you need to take to heal completely. Some things you will need to do are:
- After cosmetic gum recontouring, if you are experiencing pain in the gums take pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil which are easily available over the counter. Let us know if the pain is too intense. Also avoid taking Aspirin, as it may result in bleeding.
- You will be requested rinse your mouth with salt water or an antibacterial mouthwash prescribed by the doctor to help the healing process.
- Stay away from hot and spicy foods after the procedure for at least a few days. Stick to a diet of cold and soft foods like ice creams, boiled vegetables, yogurts, eggs and pasta.
- Diligently follow the directions prescribed by your doctor.
Call us to make your appointment!
If you think you need a cosmetic gum recontouring procedure, contact Oakridge Dental Center today. Our dental specialist would be more than happy to check and offer you an affordable treatment plan. We specialize in every aspect of dentistry – which is the art of perfecting smiles.