Gum Contouring and Reshaping
What comes to mind when you think of a beautiful smile? You probably think about your teeth. However, did you know that even if your teeth are perfect, you may still be unsatisfied with your smile? This is because your gums also play a critical role in your smile’s appearance. Gums that have suffered from recession, uneven gums, or excessive gums can all make an impact on your smile. At Beavercreek Dental, we can help you achieve a beautiful smile with gum contouring and reshaping.
What Is Gum Contouring and Reshaping?Gum contouring and reshaping are a cosmetic surgical procedure that is used to alter the shape of your gum tissue. It is used in instances where your gums have receded, or if you have excess gum tissue. The procedure may also be used to restore an even, natural gum line.
Causes of Uneven GumsThere are several reasons why your gums may sit too low, too high, or be uneven. Gums that are too low (giving you what is known as a “gummy” smile) are often caused by genetics, although they can also be caused by some types of medications.
Gums that are too high or uneven are often caused by gum recession. Gum recession is a common side effect of gum disease, although it can be caused by bruxism (grinding) as well. When your gums have receded, which makes your teeth appear longer, you are often faced with issues such as sensitivity, a higher risk for tooth decay, and loose teeth.
How Is the Procedure Performed?Gum contouring and reshaping is often considered to be simply a cosmetic procedure, but it can also have some oral health benefits. In the past, the procedure was performed with a scalpel, a small metal tool. Today, however, the gums are contoured and reshaped using a laser, which helps to reduce bleeding, pain, and swelling. Before we begin, we administer a local anesthetic, which numbs the surgical sites. We then make the necessary incisions in your gums. We make the necessary cuts that will provide you with the best results. In some cases, this also involves the removal of small amounts of bone as well. Your gums will then be sutured snugly backup against your teeth.
Recovering From Contouring and ReshapingWhile lasers have helped to greatly reduce your post-surgical downtime (lessening the pain and swelling you experience), you will still need some time to recover. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help you manage any discomfort you may experience. It is recommended that you eat a diet of soft foods for the first few days. We will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your mouth following your procedure.
Benefits of Gum Contouring and ReshapingGum contouring and reshaping have several benefits:
If your gums are keeping you from achieving your desired smile, call Beavercreek Dental today at (503) 343-9262 and find out if gum contouring and reshaping is right for you.
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