With Gum Reduction
Are you dissatisfied with the shape of your gums?
Some people have gums that ride so low on their teeth that the teeth appear shorter than they actually are. For other people, the problem is that their gums are uneven, covering up more of some teeth than others. If either of these situations sums up your problem with the appearance of your gums, gum reduction might give you the gum line you would like to have.
What Is Gum Reduction?
Gum reduction, also called gum contouring or gum reshaping, is a cosmetic dental procedure that uncovers more of your tooth. Although our dentist can do gum reduction in our dental office, it is considered a gum surgery. Parts of the gums are cut away to reveal more of the teeth they are covering before the procedure.
Why Have Gum Reduction Surgery?
Many people who have strong, healthy and attractive teeth decide to go a step further and have gum reduction surgery. You might have a “gummy smile”because of health conditions, taking certain prescription drugs or your genetic makeup. Because this extra gum tissue serves no purpose, having gum reduction surgery does not destroy anything you need. You can have the beautiful smile you want with only a very small risk of complications.
How Is Gum Reduction Done?
Your dentist marks your new gum line before starting the procedure. They can cut away the excess gums with a scalpel or laser. In either case, you get a local or topical anestheticfirst. Then, the dentist removes the gums up to the marked gum line. In some cases, bone that lies across the fronts of the teeth below the gum line need to be removed as a part of the process. If a scalpel is used for the gum reduction, the gums usually bleed considerably. On the other hand, if a laseris used, the laser cauterizes the gums, reducing bleeding and making the recovery time easier.
What Is Recovery Like After Gum Surgery?
The recovery process depends partly on whether your dentist uses a scalpel or a laser. Either way, it takes some time for your gums to fully heal. On your first day after the gum reduction surgery, you need to rest as much as possible. If you have any pain, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Avoid aspirin because it can increase your bleeding. Until your gums are healed, stick to cool, soft foodsthat do not irritate your gums. Follow your dentist’s recommendations about flossing and brushing your teeth, and be sure to call our dental office if you have any unexpected swelling, bleeding or other concerns