Gum contouring is, most often, a cosmetic procedure. A lot of time it is not needed medically. Many people have their gums reshaped so that their smile looks better. Some, however, undergo gum contouring surgery as part of other periodontal procedures that are necessary, like pocket reduction, crown lengthening, and regenerative procedures.
This kind of surgery can be performed at our offices here at Doctors of Dental Medicine. We will use lasers, scalpels, and radio surgery to perform this procedure. You can meet with us to see what technique is most suitable for you.
Before surgery, we will go over with you what the doctor will be doing during the procedure. Many times we’ll use a pen and draw a line to mark your new gum line. In this way, you’ll be able to see just how much gum will be taken out and how your gum line will be reshaped.
During gum contouring, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. Bone at the front of the tooth’s root must sometimes be removed as well. This provides the best long-term results.
After your surgery, you should limit your activities for rest the day. It could take a few days or weeks for your gums to completely heal, but the process is simple and does not inhibit your daily life. We will give you specific directions about what you should do to aid the recovery process. Here are some basic tips you can use to get you through the recovery time:
• Take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease the pain, such as Advil and Tylenol. Do not use aspirin, as it can cause bleeding.
• Eat cool, soft foods like pasta, eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and soft vegetables for the first few days after your surgery. Stay away from spicy foods or seeds until your gums are totally healed.
• Follow the instructions given to you by Dr. Meade on how and when to brush your teeth during the healing process.