Many people are unhappy with their smile because their gums are too long. Just like almost any issue with teeth, we can correct this problem. Gum reduction trims down gum tissue to achieve the shape and appearance you want.
What Causes Long Gums?
Long gums may be due to a genetic conditions, health problem, or prescription medication. In all cases, gums that extend too far over teeth can make teeth look too small.
We can also help you if your gums are too short, which makes your teeth appear too large, or if your gums are misshapen. These problems can occur due to gum recession, particularly as a result of gum disease. If gum shape is due to periodontitis, gum contouring may be a necessary medical treatment rather than just a cosmetic procedure.
We perform the gum reduction surgery at our clinic. To start, we will discuss how you want your gums to look. We will mark a new gum line in your mouth to show you how your gums will appear after surgery.
You will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area before we begin. We use specialized equipment to remove the gum tissue and reshape it. In some cases, we may need to remove bone from the front of the tooth’s root to achieve the best results.
Recovering from Gum Reduction
Your gums may feel a little sore and swollen for around a week after the surgery, but you can manage the pain with an over-the-counter analgesic. You will be able to speak and eat, but you should adapt your diet during recovery to consume only soft foods and avoid spices and seeds. Continue with your regular oral hygiene routine, but be gentle when you brush.
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