Have you ever been self-conscious of your “gummy smile?” Your smile is a work of art, and when one aspect of the masterpiece is poorly proportioned, it can have a big effect. Gum recontouring is a procedure that can help you get the proportional smile you want.
Gum recontouring is a great option if you feel like your gum line is too high, too low or uneven. While the cause of your specific gum issue can range from genetics to health problems, the result may be teeth that look too small, too long or disproportional to your mouth. A gummy smile may also be the result of gum recession or periodontal disease, serious conditions that can cause more problems down the line.
Although it is usually a cosmetic procedure, gum recontouring can also be part of a treatment program for conditions like periodontal disease. Whatever your reasons are for choosing a gum recontouring procedure, your health – and smile – will benefit.
Gum Recontouring: What to Expect
Although it’s a surgical procedure, your gum recontouring will happen right here in our dental offices. You’ll consult with your dentist to determine your overall goals and to learn more about the surgery. Your dentist can help show you exactly how much gum tissue will be removed and how he will reshape your gum line.
During surgery, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. After the procedure, you can take mild painkillers to help ease any discomfort you may feel. While it may take a few days or weeks for your gums to heal completely, you should be able to resume normal activities within a few days of surgery. During the first few days after surgery, you’ll want to limit your foods to those that are “kind” to your gums. These include soft, mild flavored foods. Avoid nuts, seeds and other crunchy foods as well as spicy foods until your gums have healed.