Healthy smiles go beyond aesthetics and having healthy gums matters when it comes to your oral health. If your gums are too large or too small along the ridge of your teeth, then our team may be able to help through gum recontouring. Also known as gum reshaping, this procedure changes the shape of your gums by cutting away excess gum tissue or restoring gum tissues. Through this procedure, gum reshaping can provide patients with both an aesthetically pleasing and healthy smile, removing the appearance of a “gummy” smile for good.
How Does Gum Contouring Work?
While gum contouring is considered a cosmetic procedure, this procedure can also be used to help treat the aftermath of periodontal disease, crown lengthening procedures, and pocket reduction that may interfere with oral health. Having receding gums can leave the teeth exposed to bacteria buildup and plaque, causing tooth decay and periodontal disease to develop. Because of how vulnerable the teeth and gums become from poor oral health, gum recontouring can correct many of the issues that reside after periodontal treatment.
Our dentists perform gum reshaping through the following methods to ensure that our patients have a healthy smile:
- Gum Removal: For smiles that have overzealous gums, our team of dentists will use lasers or scalpels to remove any excess tissue. With these lasers and scalpels, we will sculpt a new gum line to help expose more of your teeth and will use local anesthesia beforehand to prevent any pain or discomfort. Through this process, we will also correct any pocket development and misshapen gums appearances to help reduce bacteria growth.
- Gum Grafting: Smiles that have too little gum involve a different set of standards, as our team will work with lasers and scalpels to remove tissue from other parts of the mouth and then graft that tissue to the affected areas. Gum grafting can be used to reinforce fragile gum tissue, protect areas that have exposed roots, and protect the tooth’s enamel from overexposure to bacteria and plaque buildup.
The procedure can normally take up to one to two hours to complete, depending on your oral health and the extent of the surgery. You may experience some discomfort and swelling for the first few days after your procedure. Through an initial consultation with us, we will be able to help direct you through a customized dental treatment plan that addresses your cosmetic concerns and meets your needs for a healthy, beautiful smile. After the procedure, we will provide further instructions for aftercare and recovery from your surgery and schedule a follow-up appointment.
Transforming Your Smile With Our Team
Ultimately, gum recontouring helps remove any signs of pockets, missing gum spaces, and overgrown tissues as a result of periodontal disease. In terms of cosmetic appearance, gum reshaping helps even out the spaces between and along with the teeth, removing misshapen tissue and adding healthy gum tissue back to transform them into healthy-looking smiles completely. For more information, contact our office to learn more and schedule your first consultation with us.