Sometimes, it’s not your teeth that make you feel self-conscious about your smile but your gums. If your gums are too high, too low, or uneven, gum contouring could be the right option for you. Surgery involves changing the shape of the gum tissue for cosmetic purposes. You can receive this procedure at our dental clinic.
What Gum Contouring Surgery Involves
Before receiving gum contouring, you need a consultation to ensure this is a suitable option for you. If your dentist decides that you are a candidate, you will plan your new gum line together to ensure that you will be happy the final results. This involves drawing a line on your gums to enable you to picture how your gums will look.
You will receive a local anesthetic to numb your gums. Then, using a scalpel, laser, or radio surgery, your dentist will remove and reshape your gums. In some cases, it is necessary to remove some of the bone at the front of the tooth’s root to improve results.
What to Expect After Surgery
After gum contouring surgery, you will need to rest for the remainder of the day. You can reduce discomfort by taking an over-the-counter analgesic or prescription medication, as your dentist recommends. Never take aspirin, as this thins the blood and can lead to excessive bleeding.
You will need to stick to a diet of soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Also avoid hot and spicy foods and anything with seeds. We will provide you with instructions on how to brush your teeth to keep them clean without damaging your gums.
As gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure, it is essential to find a dentist who has experience producing great results. Ask us for before and after photos of our previous patients to see how your gums will look following surgery.