A smile is a tonic of self-confidence. However, some people are unable to smile confidently as they believe that their smile isn’t attractive. The problem is not always with the shape or position of your lips or teeth, gums can also present aesthetic issues which can decrease the attractiveness of smile.
If you happen to be one of these people, do not feel disheartened! There are cosmetic procedures such as gum contouring, which can help to improve the appearance of your smile while positively contributing to the health of your teeth.
How Gum Contouring Works
Gum countering, also known as gingival re-contouring or tissue sculpting, is a cosmetic dental procedure, which is used to shape uneven gums. It is mostly used to treat the overgrown or uneven gum tissue. The procedure is fairly simple, your dentist or oral surgeon will use a laser or scalpel to reshape your gum line, making it more uniform and even.
In most cases, your gums after the procedure are healthier as the pocket depths of spaces that are formed between your gums and teeth are narrower, which makes it easier to clean and reduce the chances of plague.
If your periodontist concludes that simple contouring is not sufficient to correct your gum line, they may suggest you crown lengthening. It is a procedure where part of the gum, and in some cases the underlying bone, is removed in order to change the anatomy of your teeth. If the surgery involves the alteration of bone, it will require stitches and the duration of recovery will generally be longer compared to a typical gum contouring.
In case a patient is facing gum recession, where the gum tissue position is lowered, consequently exposing the roots of the teeth, your surgeon will graft your own gum tissue by using a part of the palate or a nearby tooth. In some cases, the surgeons also use donor tissue, which is highly processed and carefully sterilized before the procedure.
These procedures not only result in a drastic improvement to your smile, but it will also provide you with additional safety from tooth decay due to the increased gum coverage. The area where the gum grafting is performed takes around a month and a half to heal.
Is it painful?
Most people have the wrong perception about gum contouring as they believe that it is a highly painful procedure. This was true in the past when the laser treatment was not developed. However, with the latest technology, the gum contouring does not require a tedious surgical process, therefore, becomes a fairly pain free procedure.
The best part about laser procedure is that the wounds are naturally sealed up by the laser as it cuts away the gum. It reduces the bleeding and eliminates the need for stitching as there are no open wounds caused by using this method of treatment.
After the procedure, your surgeon may instruct you to wear a dressing over the affected area for a week, sometimes longer. The possible symptoms that you may experience include tooth sensitivity, pain, or minor swelling, however, they are temporary and go away as soon as your new gum line is healed.
You must also avoid cigarette and alcohol for a few days and use a straw to consume your beverages. Also, you may only eat certain foods that are suggested by your dentist or oral surgeon until your gum line is fully recovered. Moreover, you must also give consideration to your brushing technique and strictly follow your dentist’s advice to ensure you do not hurt your treated area of the gum.
It is highly advisable to find a qualified and highly experienced dentist or oral surgeon, who has a solid reputation and proven track record to your gum contouring procedure. It will ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and does not involve any complications.