gum contouring

What is gum contouring?

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure done when one’s gums are either too low or too high. It will either give you a ‘gummy’ smile, or a smile with an unattractive gum-to-tooth ratio. Gum contouring can be a non-surgical cosmetic procedure or a surgical corrective procedure.

Typically, for a cosmetic improvement, gum reshaping and tissue sculpting can improve your smile without the need of surgery which is typically called upon for those with a serious issue due to their gum line.

If you are unhappy with your gum line or feel that your smile could benefit from this procedure, it is important to contact your dentist to evaluate your smile and decide upon the best way to meet your needs.

Why do I have uneven gums?

Uneven gums can be caused by a variety of factors:

Particular health problem
Prescription drugs
Gum tissue pulling back (which may be a sign of periodontal disease)
Improper brushing and flossing
Trauma from piercings

Since your uneven gums may be more than just a cosmetic issue, it is important to know why your gums are uneven and begin treatment.

Procedure and Recovery

Today, dentists have different options available to them when it comes to the gum contouring procedure. Dentists use scalpels, lasers, and radiosurgery to perform the gum contouring procedure and it is crucial to discuss what option will be the best for you.

Before the procedure, the dentist will typically draw a line to show you where your new gums will end up. This is to show you about how much gum tissue will be removed or reshaped. He will numb the area with an anesthetic, and begin the procedure. The doctor will go over this with you. As far as recovery, it will take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for your gums to heal completely. The day after surgery, you are going to want to rest and lay low, and the doctor will give you specific instructions for the rest of your recovery period. Here are a few tips to get you through recovery:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever
  • Eat soft foods
  • Avoid spicy foods, nuts, and seeds until fully healed

A gum contouring procedure could change your life. Don’t go another day with a ‘gummy’ or ‘toothy’ smile, contact Cardinal Dental Group today and ask about the gum contouring procedure. Call 936-258-5597. Learn more about our practice and the services we offer by visiting our website at www.cardinaldentalgroup.com.