What is Gum Contouring?

It’s only natural to dream of having a sparkling, beautiful smile. After all, its impact on one’s self-esteem, confidence and mental health have long been made known to the general public. However, those who are born with uneven gums may find it hard to find a way to have that smile they’ve always wanted.

The good thing is that there are procedures that can help with that, namely gum contouring.

Gum contouring is a medical procedure that’s mainly used to treat problems such as receding gums and the occurrence of pockets in between teeth. The former leaves the teeth exposed and vulnerable to bacteria, while the latter provides bacteria an ideal location to accumulate. While it’s mainly a medical procedure, gum contouring can also be used to help those who were born with gummy smiles.

How The Procedure Works 

Gum reshaping is a procedure performed only by qualified dentists and periodontists.

It involves the use of a mild local an aesthetic to numb the gums. Dentists then use a soft tissue laser for a variety of purposes.

For those with gummy smiles, the laser is used to remove the excess gum tissue, resulting in the teeth looking longer and the smile looking much better.

For those with whose gums have receded, the laser is used to help reshape and seal the tissue to create the ideal shape, as well as to prevent any excess bleeding.

For those with pockets in between their teeth, the laser is used to seal off such hollows to prevent future bacterial infections.

Safe and Effective

While, at one time, dentists used scalpels to remove excess gingival tissue, that no longer is the case these days. Today’s dentists now make use of a soft tissue laser that’s able to remove tissue, while at the same, seal it off to prevent excess bleeding and at the same time, promote healing.

The use of the laser ensures that the results are instant, and that the procedure is quick and easy.

As mentioned earlier, a mild local anesthetic is used. Though, this is only to make sure that patients are as comfortable as possible throughout the whole procedure.

Aftercare Considerations

Whether you had your gums reshaped for medical or aesthetic reasons, it’s important to emphasize good dental hygiene even more so the weeks following the procedure. Because the gums have yet to fully heal, you may want to brush much more gently than usual to avoid irritating any sensitive tissue. This also means that you should avoid using hard-bristled toothbrushes.

If you haven’t been rinsing with mouthwash before, now may be the time that you start doing so. Though, you may want to ask your dentist to recommend a more gentle cleansing mouthwash as some do contain alcohol that may cause pain and a burning sensation due to your sensitive gums.

Modern dental science now offers a wide variety of possible treatments that’s both safe and effective when it comes to improve your appearance, as well as your health.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for gum contouring, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.bartzandbartzdental.com for more information regarding gum contouring.