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Gum Contouring Surgery

Posted in Gum Disease

Do you have a gummy smile?  Does your gum line rest too high or low, making your smile seem uneven or misshapen?  If so, you may want to consider gum contouring surgery.  There are many things that can make our gum line uneven.  This can be gum disease, medications, or you may have just been born this way.  Gingivectomy or gum contouring surgery is a way to correct these uneven gum lines.

Gum contouring surgery is a way to improve the appearance of your gum line, even it out, and make your smile better.  If you are having other periodontal surgeries, your dentist may perform this at the same time.  In other cases, some people have gum contouring surgery done simply for cosmetic reasons.

The first step is to determine if you are a candidate for gum contouring surgery. Your dentist will evaluate the health of your mouth, gum, and teeth.  There are several different ways to perform gum contouring surgery, and depending on the extent of your gum variations, your dentist will determine the best type of surgery to use.

During this first appointment, your dentist will likely draw a line on your gum line to show you how much gum line will be removed and so you can visualize what your ‘new’ smile will look like.  This is your time to ask questions, and your dentist expects it.  Feel free to speak up and ask about the surgery.

When you arrive for your appointment, you will receive some anesthetic agents.  You may also receive an agent to help relax you.  Then, your dentist will reshape your gum line.  Depending on the extent of reshaping will determine the length of surgery.

After surgery, you may have anti-infective rinses to use or an oral antibiotic to take.  Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully and do not forget to come back for your follow up appointment to make sure everything is healing correctly.

Gum contouring is a way to improve the overall appearance of your smile.  If you are interested in gum contouring surgery, contact your local dentist today for an evaluation.

Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center


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