Esthetic Gum Contouring

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.

Why are my gums uneven?

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 Process of Gum Contouring

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.

Aftercare & Healing

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.

What are the benefits of esthetic gum contouring?

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:

  • A quick, safe process: Because the procedure is carried out with a laser, it heals quickly and minimizes inflammation. This means it allows you to protect the surrounding area and reduce any risks.
  • Social benefits: The social benefits that come along with esthetic gum contouring are massive, and range from increased self-confidence to laughing and smiling more often. In a social context, this makes you more approachable, while also boosting your happiness levels.
  • Health benefits: When you have excess gum tissue, it can cause health risks. It may trap food particles or you may experience regular irritation of the gums. Therefore, before conducting any additional procedures, your dentist may first recommend gum contouring. In the long run, the procedure can help avoid tooth decay and other periodontal issues.

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.

The Difference is in the Details

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!

Come Check Us Out!

If you are looking for a warm and friendly dentist who can treat your entire family, come check us out! You can contact us online or give us a call at (251) 928-9930. We strive to give our patients a unique dental experience by offering the on-time guarantee and comprehensive and personalized treatment plans designed to exceed your expectations. Dr. Avery is excited to serve the community of Fairhope and looks forward to meeting you soon.


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