Can I Fix My "Gummy" Smile?

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When it comes to a great smile, our Mullins, SC, cosmetic dentist knows that teeth are everything. They’re the first thing people notice when you open your mouth so of course you want them to look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. But what about your gums? Excessive gum tissue can take away from your teeth and as a result, can cause you to feel self-conscious.

Gumlines naturally differ between individuals. Some are higher than others, some are on the lower side, and some may even be a little uneven. However, if your gums bother you and you feel as though you have a “gummy” smile, we can help.

Here’s how gum contouring can help and what you can expect from the procedure.

What is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring (also known as gum reshaping, gum lengthening, or a gum lift) involves altering the shape of a patient’s gums and overall appearance of their gumline.

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The procedure is generally viewed as cosmetic and not medically necessary. Yet, in some instances, gum contouring can be used to help with gum recession. We will be sure to advise you on how this particular procedure can improve your smile.

The Procedure

You can expect the entire gum contouring procedure to last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours although it is dependent on the patient. Regardless of the time taken, however, you will be good to go after a single visit.

To begin, our dental team will administer dental sedation per your preference and numb the area before Dr. Blevins gets started to ensure you are appropriately comfortable. A specialized dental laser will then be used to effectively remove or gently raise extra gum tissue that is around the teeth.

The laser not only allows for precision, but also minimizes the amount of pain, bleeding, and swelling experienced during recovery. Once the excess tissue is removed, Dr. Blevins can finish by contouring or repositioning the gumline to your liking.

Recovery Involved After Gum Contouring

Some tenderness and sensitivity in the gum area is common for a few days following the procedure. You will be advised to eat only soft foods and to take either prescribed or over-the-counter medication to alleviate any pain.

Some foods that are okay to consume during this time include:

  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Applesauce
  • Mashed potatoes

It may take a few weeks for your gums to completely heal depending on how much you have had done. Be sure to take a break from any strenuous activities and do your best to not eat hard or sticky foods until approved.

Dr. Blevins will relay complete care instructions to you and will invite you back into our Mullins, SC, dental office for a follow-up appointment during your recovery to ensure no infection has taken hold.

Boost Your Confidence

Though gum contouring is considered an elective procedure, it can dramatically improve how you feel about your smile. It can also help alleviate issues caused by periodontal disease. Our cosmetic dentist in Mullins, SC, is available to discuss the procedure in depth should you choose to pursue it. Request an appointment today by calling Blevins Dentistry at (843) 561-4039.

This blog post has been updated.

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