Troy Cosmetic Dentist Explains Gum Contouring Procedure

Written by Dr. Bentley on Jul 12, 2016

If your gums sit too low or too high on your teeth and you are unhappy with your smile, you may be a candidate for gum contouring surgery by the Troy Cosmetic Dentist. Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this procedure can even out an uneven gum line and give you a smile you can be proud of.

What causes uneven gums?

Your gums can be too low or too high for a number of reasons. Gums that cover a large portion of your teeth can make them look small, and this could be the result of genetics, a particular health problem, or taking certain prescription medicines.

Gums that are too high and make your teeth appear long are often caused by gum recession, a condition in which gum tissue pulls back from a tooth and exposes the tooth’s root. Not only can gum recession make your teeth look long, it can lead to serious dental problems such as decay and tooth loss. Gum recession may also be a sign of periodontal disease, the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth (gums and bone).

Gum contouring surgery: Is it necessary?

Gum contouring alone is considered a cosmetic procedure – most people have their gums reshaped to improve the appearance of their smile. Most of the time it is not medically necessary. Some people undergo gum contouring surgery as part of other necessary periodontal procedures such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction and regenerative procedures.

Gum Contouring: What to expect

Gum contouring surgery may be performed at our Troy Cosmetic Dentist office. A local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area and, sometimes, bone at the front of the tooth’s root must also be removed to get the best long-term results.

Gum Contouring: Recovery

Immediately after your surgery you should rest and limit your activities. It may take a few days or weeks for your gums to heal completely, but our cosmetic dentist will direct you in what you need to do to aid the recovery process. Here are some general tips to get you through this time:

Ease pain and inflammation by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Ibuprofen, as directed by your dentist. Do not take aspirin as this can cause bleeding.

For the first few days after surgery, eat soft, cool foods such as eggs, pasta, yogurt, soft vegetables and ice cream. Avoid spicy foods and anything with seeds in until your gums have healed completely.

Please Call for More Information

If you think you may be a good candidate for gum reshaping or recontouring, please call our office to arrange a convenient consultation.