For some people, achieving a perfect smile has little to do with their teeth. Instead, the problems are more with their gums. Are you unhappy with your smile because your gum line is uneven? Does it appear thick, as if your teeth are too short and your smile unhealthy? You have come to the right place. Gum sculpting or gum contouring may be the solution for you. It is a type of dental surgery that involves reshaping the gum line to help you obtain the smile you always wanted.
Gum sculpting can correct a myriad of gum-related cosmetic issues. These include the following:
Gum sculpting aims to create an even gumline proportionate to the size of your teeth.
Gum sculpting is a quick, in-office procedure that’s usually done in a single visit. The length of the surgery varies depending on the amount of reshaping needed. Nevertheless, gum sculpting often takes just a couple of hours. A periodontist or cosmetic dentist often carries out this procedure. Once your doctor confirms that you are the right candidate for this minimally invasive surgery, you will receive local anesthesia to numb your gums.
Your doctor will use a special pen to mark the new gum line. Scalpels and other dental tools will be utilized to contour the gum line and eliminate heavy or excessive gum tissue. Today, modern dentistry prefers the use of laser technology. Sutures may be used to hold the gum tissue in place.
If your problem is receding gums, the surgery will consist of adding gum tissue. Your doctor will remove a portion from your palate or another part of your mouth to restore your gum tissue. Your doctor will secure this tissue around your teeth to lengthen your gumline and proper restructuring.
On the day of your surgery, it’s crucial to rest and limit your activities. It generally takes several days or longer for your gums to heal completely. Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions to assist you with the recovery process.
Follow your doctor’s advice on when and how to brush your teeth while still recovering from the surgery. Also, you may ease pain by taking pain medications as directed by your doctor. During the first few days following the procedure, it’s best to stick to soft foods, such as yogurt, eggs, and pasta. Steer clear of spicy foods and avoid anything with seeds until your gums have finally healed.
If you notice excessive bleeding or swelling, or any concerns after your surgery, contact your doctor immediately.
Are you wondering if gum sculpting is right for you? Visit the Dental Designers in Rockford, Illinois, today, and we will be happy to assess your situation and discuss the procedure. Call us now at (815) 396-6553 to schedule your consultation.