Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes and contours the gums to improve the appearance of your smile. Many patients seek this procedure because their gums are unevenly shaped, and their teeth appear to be too long when they smile. In some cases, gum contouring is also done to improve the health of the gums.
When Is Gum Contouring Needed?
Gum contouring can help you have a more symmetrical smile. If your gum line is uneven, it can make your teeth look crooked. With gum contouring, we can even out your gum line and make it look better.
The dentist will prepare the treatment area by cleaning it and applying a topical anesthetic. Then, a gum contouring procedure will begin. Initially, the dentist will trim the gum line so that it is even with the teeth. Then, he or she will remove excess gum tissue from between the teeth to create the ideal gum line.
Gum contouring procedures are typically performed with a dental laser. Laser gum contouring is minimally invasive and does not require sutures. Laser gum contouring also helps your gums heal properly. If you are concerned about your gums, schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist. For some patients, gum contouring is performed during a smile makeover, but the procedure is also commonly performed on its own.
Is It Painful?
Gum contouring is performed under local anesthesia, so you will feel no pain during the procedure. After your gum contouring, you may experience some mild discomfort that can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Your gums may be tender or swollen for several days after the procedure.
Who Is A Good Candidate For The Procedure?
This cosmetic dentistry procedure is ideal for people who have excess gum tissue.
When people have excess gum tissue and a “gummy” smile, they may feel self-conscious. A cosmetic dentist can use gum contouring to reshape the gum line for a more balanced smile.
What Can I Expect With Recovery?
Most patients report minimal discomfort after gum contouring. Swelling and bruising are common, and ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications can help to reduce symptoms. Most patients heal within one week and can return to their normal activities within two.
Benefits of Gum Contouring
When your gum line appears uneven or your gums are too high or too low, it can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. Gum contouring can transform your gums to give you a more even appearance. You may even notice a difference in how your teeth fit together and that your smile is more attractive.
At Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry, we offer a full range of services, including cosmetic and implant dentistry in a relaxed dental environment. To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists, call us at 605-371-3443 or visit us at 4921 E. 26th St., Suite 1, Sioux Falls, SD 57110.