Reducing your “gummy” smile may be an important step to help you feel more confident when you greet family, friends, or even strangers. Whether you have thought about this treatment option for a while or are newly considering gum contouring, please contact our Burlington dentist. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about it and schedule you an appointment.
Why Do It?
Many people choose gum contouring as an effective way to help improve the appearance of their smile. While this is a common reason, some dentists may recommend the procedure for periodontal disease. This case would likely be a last resort, however, after antibiotics and dental cleanings. It would also work in conjunction with other gum surgery and gum regeneration procedures. In this case, where gum contouring is not cosmetic, you may have dental coverage for the surgery.
A dental specialist performing your gum contouring surgery will start by gently numbing the applicable area in your mouth. While you are under local anesthesia, he or she will cut into your gums with a soft tissue laser or scalpel to reshape the gum line. This will ultimately reduce the size of your gums by revealing more of your teeth after approximately one or two hours. Call or email us today for more information about gum contouring.
Pain and Recovery
After the numbing from your surgery wears off, you will likely experience some pain and discomfort. Some effective techniques to help manage it are painkillers and applying an ice pack or cold compress. Your dentist will also recommend soft foods for a few days following the procedure. Overall, recovery can take a few days up to a few weeks. If you have any swelling or discharge, or your pain increases, contact us as soon as possible.
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