Gingival (gum) contouring involves reshaping the gum tissue around your teeth. Gum contouring is an option for those with gum lines that rest either too low or too high. Through esthetic gum contouring, this cosmetic procedure can help boost your confidence and provide you with a gum line you can be proud of. Dr. Avery at Fairhope Bay Dental is a skilled practitioner of this quick, in-office procedure.
Gums can become uneven for a variety of reasons, from certain prescription drugs to familial genetics. Gums that make your teeth appear long are usually an indication of gum recession, where the gum tissue pulls back and exposes the tooth root. This can lead to serious health problems if not treated, including tooth decay and loss.
The gum contouring procedure can usually be performed in an hour or less at your local dentist’s office. Your dental professional will apply an anesthetic to the area before using a soft tissue laser to trim and re-contour the gum line. Only a local anesthetic is required and you will experience little discomfort, with no stitches or bleeding necessary.
Generally, it will take around 7-10 days for the main recovery process to wrap up. During the first few weeks after the procedure, you should take care to gently brush and rinse the affected area. If you are uncomfortable, an over-the-counter pain medication can help soothe some of the soreness. You’ll also want to avoid spicy or sharp foods. As long as you follow the directions of your dental professional, you should be able to resume normal activities in no time at all.
There are many reasons you may be unsatisfied with your gum line. Whether you are trying to avoid oral health problems down the road or increase your self-confidence, here are some of the top ways in which esthetic gum contouring can benefit you:
Because it’s a relatively low-risk procedure that can be performed in your dentist’s office, esthetic gum contouring is highly beneficial for many patients. Speak with your dental professional to learn if esthetic gum contouring is an option for you.
With Dr. Avery at Fairhope Bay Dental, you’re in good hands. Before training as a dentist, Dr. Avery spent 15 years in the landscaping industry, which has provided him with the precision and attention to detail necessary to excel in cosmetic dentistry.
His detail-oriented approach and care for each individual patient allow you to regain your confidence through your smile. In order to schedule an appointment, contact us online today!