Do you have an excessively gummy smile, with little of your teeth exposed due to overgrown gums? This look can cause an uneven looking smile, which in turn can cause issues with self esteem and can increase your risk of gum disease and bad breath.
But did you know you don’t have to live with a gummy smile? There is a procedure you may not know about called gum contouring which can remove excess gum tissue and help reshape your smile at the gumline. This can give you not just a boost of self-confidence, but it can help improve your oral and overall health.
What is Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring is a procedure that can be done with either a laser or a scalpel. Dr. Abelar will remove the excess gum tissue along the gum line on the designated teeth, revealing more of the tooth and creating a more even-appearing smile. The procedure usually takes less than an hour, and can be done with local anesthesia, so you will be awake during the procedure.
Recovering From Gum Contouring
Recovery from gum contouring depends on your individual mouth, however it is usually complete within one to two weeks. Patients will likely experience some gum sensitivity during the healing process, but will be able to continue doing daily activities after the procedure. It is also recommended that you avoid spicy during this time, as they may irritate the gums
For those who receive laser treatment, no stitches for this procedure will be required, however if a scalpel is used stitches will be needed.
Gum contouring is just one option for reducing the appearance of a gummy smile. Other procedures such as orthodontics and cosmetic surgery may be required to correct a gummy smile, however that depends on your individual mouth.
Am I A Good Candidate for Gum Contouring?
While you may desire gum contouring to correct excessive gums, whether you should undergo this procedure depends on your individual situation, and the recommendation of Dr. Abelar. If you are interested in being evaluated for gum contouring, please contact Dr. Abelar’s office today!