What is gum recontouring and reshaping?

What is gum recontouring? What about gum reshaping? How do uneven gums happen in the first place? In this post, our Pembroke and Deep River dentists discuss gum recontouring and gum reshaping, and why people would need these procedures in the first place. 

What is gum recontouring and reshaping?

Some people's teeth appear to large or too small due to their gums being too high or too low, respectively. In terms of cosmetic dental treatments, gum recontouring or gum reshaping (both terms are interchangeable) refers to the procedure that's designed to help achieve an even gum line. As a result, this procedure can also leave patients with a more balanced smile. 

What can cause uneven gums?

Because numerous factors can contribute to an uneven gum line, the answer to this question is difficult. "Gummy smile" refers to gums that cover a significant portion of the teeth, making them appear small. This can be caused by prescribed medications, genetics or certain health problems. 

The gum line may recede and expose more of the tooth, leaving an insufficient amount of gum tissue. This can result in the tooth's root becoming exposed, which can lead to decay and eventual tooth loss. 

Is surgery necessary?

Gum contouring or reshaping is a cosmetic procedure that is performed on the gums. The majority of people who seek gum reshaping or recontouring do so in order to have a cleaner, more even smile. Gum recontouring or shaping may also be recommended by your dentist as a necessary periodontal procedure. If an uneven gum line is a contributing factor to tooth decay or infection, this is most likely the situation.

How is surgery done?

The dentist will most likely perform the gum reshaping and recontouring procedures. They will usually use scalpels, lasers, radiosurgery, and other instruments to carry out the procedure, among other methods. It is common practice to contour and seal the gum tissue in order to achieve the desired gum line with the laser. Besides that, it can aid in the prevention of bleeding from the wound. In the end, lasers can also help to kill bacteria and eliminate the areas in your mouth where they breed, thereby preventing future infections from occurring.

What happens after surgery?

The majority of dentists will likely recommend that you maintain good oral hygiene for the first few weeks after having surgery. Brush and floss your teeth gently for the first few days after surgery to avoid irritating the surgical area.

After that, you can brush and floss as usual. Excessive exposure to irritants can result in bleeding and infection. If you find yourself in this situation, a soft-bristle toothbrush should suffice. Even after everything has been done and healed, to avoid future problems, it is still recommended that you keep up with your oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day are recommended.

Use a mild mouthwash that is free of alcohol to kill any pesky germs that may have remained after brushing your teeth. It is critical that the mouthwash be free of alcohol in order to avoid irritating the delicate gum tissue. As previously stated, even when using mouthwash, irritation of the gums can result in bleeding and infection of the gums.

Do you have questions about gum recontouring or reshaping? Contact our Pembroke and Deep River dentists today with any questions you have!

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