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If you are dissatisfied with your gummy smile or uneven gum line, our dentists and periodontists can offer gum contouring surgery as a solution to your problems. They can reshape your gums to create a more symmetrical appearance that frames your smile. Contact us today to learn how we can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.
What is Gum Contouring?
Performed to reshape a patient’s gum line, gum contouring surgery can be a cosmetic or restorative procedure. Cosmetically, the procedure can enhance gums that are low, high, or uneven, problems that can sometimes leave patients feeling self-conscious about their smiles. The cause of uneven tissue can include genetics, certain health conditions, and some prescription drugs.
Gum contouring falls under the category of restorative treatment when oral health issues threaten the gums. In the early stages of periodontal disease, gums can pull back from the teeth, leaving tooth roots exposed or elongated. Since this shift in gum line can lead to decay and tooth loss, gum contouring is recommended as a method of restoring recessed gums.
What To Expect From The Procedure
Gum contouring surgery can be completed during a single, in-office visit. Depending on your particular case, we may use a scalpel or laser to perform the surgery. However, before the surgery begins, we will first determine where your new gum line should be, so that you can develop a sense of what the final result will look like.
Once the location of your new gum line has been chosen, you will receive a local anaesthetic in the treatment area to ensure that any discomfort is minimized. Your dentist or periodontist will then gently remove or add new tissue.
Our online consultants will review the details of your surgery with you at your consultation, so that you are fully informed of the procedure, technique, and recovery timeline.
Some of the benefits of gum contouring are:
- Better gum-to-teeth ratio
- Improved aesthetics
- Improved smile symmetry
- Improved oral health and hygiene
- Improved self-confidence in your image
If you have a gummy smile, or if your gum line appears uneven or asymmetrical, cosmetic gum surgery may be a good choice for improving your appearance. Our consultants will help you determine whether cosmetic gum surgery is right for your smile. Call us today on WhatsApp number +90 542 512 51 64 to learn more and to schedule your consultation!
You’ll be given local anesthesia before the procedure starts. This will numb your gums so you won’t feel pain while the doctor is working on your gum. But you can expect some tenderness and numbness afterward.
The amount of discomfort depends on how much of your gums had to be reshaped or removed.
After the surgery, your doctor may prescribe a pain reliever, or you can take over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). Since aspirin can cause bleeding, your doctor might discourage this medication.
You can also reduce pain and swelling by applying an ice pack or cold compress to your mouth for a couple of days after the procedure. It’s best to apply the compress for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
Gum contouring involves little downtime, but complete healing might take days or weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery. You may have to limit some activities for a day or two based on how you feel and any tenderness you may have.
Since your gums and mouth will likely feel sensitive or tender at first, you’ll want to eat soft foods for about 2 to 3 days after the procedure. This might include foods such as:
Your doctor will inform you with post-surgery dietary instructions and will also let you know if there are any foods to avoid while you’re recovering.
You’ll typically have a follow-up appointment after the procedure. Your doctor will check your gums to monitor how you’re healing and look for signs of an infection.
They may prescribe an antibiotic mouth rinse to reduce the risk of infection. Signs of infection include increased pain and swelling and discharge from the gums.
Ideal candidates are aged 18 and above. There is no upper age limit.
Being able to smile with confidence and taking pleasure in eating the foods you enjoy should be something people of all ages can do.
For more information, or to schedule an online consultation with our consultants, please contact us on WhatsApp number +90 542 512 51 64.