Gum Contouring

Patient Education Resource

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Are you concerned about a “gummy” smile? If your gums sit either too high or too low on your teeth and cause you to hide your smile, you do have options. Gum surgery, also known as gum contouring or gum reshaping surgery, can help give you a smile you’ll be proud of.

Dr. Carmona is an expert in cosmetic and restorative procedures and prides himself on providing the patient-centered care that you deserve. For gum surgery that you can be confident in, call Austin Prosthodontics today.

What is Gum Surgery?

We understand that “surgery” is a daunting word for most people. However, gum contouring surgery is a painless cosmetic procedure. Dr. Carmona will use a laser or scalpel to reshape your gums—either remove gum overgrowth, reshape your gumline, or add gum tissue. When you have experienced receding gums or gum overgrowth, gum contouring will restore your confidence in your smile.

Why get gum surgery?

There are many reasons that people seek gum contouring or reshaping. Be it for aesthetic reasons or health reasons, gingival reshaping has many positive side effects, including making your gum pockets easier to clean or protecting the root of your tooth from exposure or decay.

  • Aesthetic changes
  • Periodontal disease care
  • Protect the root of your tooth
  • As an addition to restorative procedures such as implants, crowns, or bridges

An overgrowth of gum tissue or receding gums are symptoms of oral health concerns that must be addressed to protect your overall wellness and your long-term health. If you are unhappy with your gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Carmona for an examination of your gum tissue.

What to expect during gum surgery

During your procedure, Dr. Carmona will anesthetize the area that he is contouring and use a laser or scalpel to reshape your gumline. If you require more gum tissue, Dr. Carmona will either take tissue from your soft palate or use sterile donor tissue. Once the procedure is over, he will use gauze to protect the surgical site and you will be able to go home.

What is recovery like?

While you won’t experience any discomfort during your procedure, you will likely experience discomfort after the anesthesia has worn off. Over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol should help with the pain. You might experience swelling or tooth sensitivity at the surgery site, but this should subside. Depending on the extent of gum contouring that you require, you may be required to dress the surgical site with gauze.

As with any surgery, rest, hydration, and avoiding things like smoking are essential to a quick and easy recovery. Additionally, since this is gum surgery, you should avoid foods that could irritate or cut your gums. If you have any questions about recovery or post-op care, don’t hesitate to call our office.

Who is a candidate?

Most people are candidates for gum surgery. Whether you feel your gums are too high or too low or if you need gum surgery for oral health reasons, Dr. Carmona is able to reshape and contour your gums to get your desired appearance.

You deserve to love your smile. If your gums are getting the way of sharing your smile with the world, don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. Call Austin Prosthodontics today at (512) 910-2864 or schedule your appointment online.

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