Gum Contouring to Get Rid of a Gummy Smile

Gum Contouring to Get Rid of a Gummy Smile

Posted by ROBERT A SAUNDERS DDS PC & BRITTANY C KROG DDS on Nov 16 2021, 06:55 AM

Gum contouring, in a nutshell, is a dental procedure during which your dentist reshapes your gum line. Everyone’s gum line is different. Some have a high gum line while some have a low one. Some can even have an uneven gum line. 

If you think that your gums are stopping you from having the radiant smile of your dreams, then gum contouring might be an option for you. You can visit Dr. Robert Saunders, DDS, and Dr. Brittany Krog, DDS, in Fargo, North Dakota, for the treatment. 

Meanwhile, let’s understand a little more about this topic.  

Who Needs Gum Contouring?

People with periodontitis

People who don’t want a gummy smile 

What Causes Uneven Gums?

A smile is gummy when the gums are covering a large portion of your teeth. A number of factors may be responsible for having gums that are set too high or too low on the teeth. Genetics is an important factor. You are more likely to have uneven gums if one or more of your family members have this. 

Receding gums can be an indication of gum disease. This issue needs to be identified and treated quickly so as to prevent more serious health problems like heart diseases, respiratory infections, type 2 diabetes, and others. Certain prescription medications can also cause uneven gums. 

Gum Contouring: Procedure and What to Expect

Gum contouring is performed by a dental care specialist. Various techniques can be used to perform this short surgery including lasers and cryosurgery. It is important to talk to your dentist and understand which technique is most suitable for you. 

Laser surgery is the preferred method due to several benefits like decreased bleeding and more precision. You will be given local anesthesia for the procedure to ensure it is painless. 

The level of pain and discomfort you may feel after will depend on how much of the gum is being removed. You will be prescribed pain relievers after the procedure. Using ice packs or cold compresses might help alleviate pain.  

Recovery Time

Depending on the extent of the procedure, complete recovery may take a few days to a week. Follow the dentist’s instructions on what to do and not to do during the recovery period. It is recommended to eat soft foods and avoid hard/crunchy or spicy foods as they might interfere with the healing process. 

If you think you need gum contouring, call Robert A Saunders DDS PC & Brittany C Krog DDS at (701) 293-9886. You can also schedule an appointment by visiting our clinic at 2834 S University Dr, Fargo, ND 58103.

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