Gum contouring, also referred to as gingival sculpting, is a cosmetic dental procedure available at Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco. It aims to enhance the appearance of your smile by reshaping the gum line.
This procedure has the ability to effectively address various dental concerns, including uneven gum lines, excessive gum coverage (commonly known as a gummy smile), or receding gums that result in excessive tooth exposure.
Here’s how it’s done:
Consultation and Planning
The first step is a thorough consultation. Our dental team evaluates your oral health and discusses your aesthetic goals. We use digital imaging to show you what the results might look like, ensuring your expectations align with the potential outcomes.
Gum contouring is typically done using a soft tissue laser or a scalpel. The laser method is more common as it causes less bleeding and discomfort and offers a faster healing time. During the procedure, excess gum tissue is carefully trimmed away, and the remaining gum line is sculpted to create a more pleasing and balanced look. If necessary, bone at the front of the tooth’s root may also be removed to achieve the best long-term results.
To ensure comfort, local anesthesia is administered in the area being treated. This means you’ll be awake during the procedure, but the area will be numb, so you shouldn’t feel any pain.
Recovery and Aftercare
Recovery from gum contouring is relatively quick. Most patients can return to normal activities the next day. You may experience some tenderness and swelling, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs. We’ll provide specific aftercare instructions, which usually include eating soft, cool foods and avoiding spicy or hard-to-chew foods for a few days.
Gum contouring can dramatically change the appearance of your smile, making it look more balanced and symmetrical. The results are typically permanent, as gum tissue doesn’t grow back.
At Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco, our team is skilled in the art of gum contouring, ensuring results that not only enhance the aesthetics of your smile but also promote oral health. With advanced techniques and a commitment to patient comfort, we make the process smooth and effective, helping you achieve the beautiful, confident smile you deserve.