Gum Contouring: Get Rid of the Gummy Smile

Gum Contouring: Get Rid of the Gummy Smile

Posted by SMILES AHEAD FAMILY DENTISTRY on Feb 24 2022, 09:26 PM

"I have big gums and short teeth. Can I still have my gummy smile changed?" 

This is a big concern faced by many of the people with a gummy smile. People with gummy smiles show reluctance to smile as they are self-conscious of the appearance of teeth and gums. 

Most of the gummy smile corrections are cosmetic-centered. But in some cases, dental treatments related to cavities and infections become difficult when excess gum tissues cover the teeth.

Transform Your Smile With Effective Gum Contouring

Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that corrects uneven gum lines or gummy smiles. The process involves removing excess gum tissues around the teeth, resulting in the improvement of the appearance of the smile. 

Sometimes, gum contouring is done as part of periodontal procedures, such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and regenerative procedures.

What to Expect During Gum Contouring

Gum contouring is performed by the dentist with scalpels, lasers, and radiosurgery. The dentist marks on your gum to know how much gum tissues are to be removed or added with the help of a special pen. Local anesthesia is then administered to the patient. 

The excess gum tissues are removed with a surgical scalpel or laser. Sometimes, the bone at the front side is removed for better results. The procedure to get rid of a gummy smile may last for less than an hour.

Healing After Gum Contouring

Healing time for gum contouring may last from seven to 10 days. Following these guidelines helps in faster recovery.

  • 1. Take the dentist-prescribed over-the-counter pain relievers to ease the pain.
  • 2. Eat soft food such as cheese, eggs, soft vegetables, and ice cream, for the first few days after surgery.
  • 3. Follow the dentist's instructions on how to brush and floss the teeth during the healing process. 
  • 4. Avoid acidic and spicy food during the healing process.
  • 5. Rinse with warm saline water.
  • 6. Avoid food with seeds and nuts.

Does Gum Contouring Hurt?

As the procedure is carried out with local anesthesia, the patient won't feel pain. After the procedure, some discomfort and tenderness are experienced depending upon the number of gums reshaped. An ice pack, cold compress, and pain relievers are used to minimize the pain and swelling.

If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of your teeth and gums, consult with our experts at Smiles Ahead Family Dentistry, 2456 Home Acre Dr, Columbus, OH 43231. Call us to book an appointment at (614) 818-9420.

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