Gum Reduction

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Gum Reduction

Many people are unhappy with their teeth because their gums rest too low  on their teeth. If this a problem for you, we can correct it. Gum reduction trims down gum tissue to achieve the shape and appearance you can be happy with.

What Causes Long Gums?

Long gums may be caused by genetic conditions, health problems, or prescription medicationt. In all cases, gums that extend too far over teeth can make teeth look too small.

Gum Contouring

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.

The Surgery

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 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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