Are you embarrassed or insecure about smiling in public due to your gummy smile? If so, there’s no reason not to look into cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as gum contouring, to help improve your smile and confidence. Having a beautiful set of pearly whites can make you feel more confident about yourself and as several studies have shown, that can be very beneficial to one’s metal health.
When gums rest too low or are uneven, it can cause an unsightly look, even if you’re teeth are straight healthy and symmetrical. Many dentals professional refer to this as a gummy smile. Fortunately, a gummy smile can be improved with gum contouring.
Gum Contouring and the Benefits
Gum contouring, a procedure used in cosmetic dentistry, is primarily aimed to help improve a patients gums that have become or are uneven or rest too low. Either of the two can be the result of genetics, particular health problems or taking certain medications. Although this procedure is consider a cosmetic, it’s also been recommended to patients that have suffered from gum recession. Gum recession may not technically be an aesthetic issue, but it can increase certain health risks.
Speaking of health risks, as stated before gum contouring isn’t always just for cosmetic reason, but also used as a medical procedure as well. While gum recession can be just as unsightly as gummy smile, it can actually leave the teeth exposed and more prone to bacterial infection. By having gum contouring done, it can help curd the effects of tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease by sealing the exposed tissues to prevent future oral infections.
How Does Gum Contouring Procedure Work?
In the past, patients with gummy smiles had their gums reduced with a scalpel, which caused bleeding and an uncomfortable recovery. Now thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry and laser dentistry, tools such as the diode laser, can be used to sculpt patient’s gums to perfectly compliment their smiles in a quick, simple and almost painless procedure.
To begin the gum contouring process, the patient’s mouth is numbed with local anesthetic to help eliminate any discomfort. Following the local anesthesia your dentist will use the laser to gently remove any excess gum tissue or to eradicate any pockets where to prevent future infections. Dental lasers cauterize while the gum tissue is stripped away, meaning there is less bleeding and a dramatically reduced chance of infection. The entire gum contouring procedure can be done in just one visit to your dentist’s office.
Gum Contouring Recovery
Following the gum contouring procedure, patients should rest and limit activates. You may experience sore or swollen gums for up to a week. The discomfort should be minimal and shouldn’t interfere with daily activities like speaking, eating or drinking. However, you should consume soft foods and avoid food with seeds in it or that is spicy for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist will recommend a pain reliever such as ibuprofen to help manage any discomfort you may have. Be sure to be as gentle as possible when brushing and flossing your teeth.
If you’re interested, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at 925-934-5526 today to see if you’re an ideal candidate for gum contouring. Or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.