Everyone has a different gumline. Some of them are high, others are low, and the remaining ones are in between. If you are conscious and under-confident about your gums or do not like your gummy smile, there are several ways to change it; gum contouring happens to be one of them.
What is Gum Contouring?
Also known as gingivoplasty or gingival sculpting, gum contouring helps reshape your gum line to improve your smile. The therapy involves removing excess gum tissue around your teeth. In some cases, our dentist may also restore your gum tissues to treat gum recession. Gum contouring is an elective procedure, and many people opt for it solely for cosmetic purposes.
When Do I Need Gum Contouring?
As stated, your decision for gum contouring is subjective. You may want to opt for this procedure if you are not satisfied with the way your gums appear when you smile. You may need this surgery if your gums are too prominent or too receding.
What Does the Procedure Include?
Gum contouring doesn’t involve multiple procedures. Our cosmetic dentist performs it in a single visit only. We may give you local anesthesia to numb the area on which contouring is to be performed. We will make use of a scalpel or soft tissue laser to remove excess gum tissues or to resculpt your gum line to expose more of your teeth. We may also use sutures to hold your gum tissue in place during the procedure.
If you have receding gums, we will perform contouring by removing gum tissue from another part of your mouth, mostly your palate, and then adding it to the area of the receding gum line. The gum surgery that we perform secures the tissue around your teeth, thereby giving you a perfect smile.
The duration of the procedure depends upon the extent of contouring that you may need. In general, the contouring takes 1-2 hours to complete.
When Will I Fully Recover?
The recovery time after your gum contouring depends upon the extent of the procedure. We will ask you to limit some activities, and you are expected to follow them to recover quickly. Your gums may feel tender for the first few days; hence we advise you to eat soft foods such as porridge, jelly, soup, and yogurt. Do not brush harshly, especially near the site of the surgery. It would be best if you also cut down the drinking of too hot or too cold beverages for a few days.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.