Improve your Smile with Gum Reshaping in Hamilton
If you have a “gummy” smile or your gums are receding, you could be a candidate for gum reshaping. When you have uneven gums, it may be difficult for you to develop a confident smile. Correcting gum tissue is one of the quickest, easiest ways to reinvent your smile and improve your oral health.
We are able to reshape your gums to improve your gum to teeth ratio. We take all your facial features into consideration when planning your treatment with the goal of bringing your lips, gums and teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing relationship with one another.
When more of your tooth sits inside the gum, it is usually caused by genetics and doesn’t cause any harm. However, your teeth look smaller. If you don’t like how prominent your gums appear when you look in the mirror, gum reshaping may be the solution.
If your gums are high, allowing more of your teeth to show, this could be due to gum recession. Gum recession can lead to more serious problems. It is often an early sign of gum disease but you could also experience recession due to genetics, taking a prescription drug or excessive tooth brushing. Gum recession can expose the root of the tooth and lead to decay or even tooth loss.
What is Gum Reshaping?
Gum reshaping is a cosmetic procedure used to change the shape of your gums. We will cut away excessive gum tissue or restore gum tissue that has receded and is exposing too much of your teeth.
On rare occasions, gum reshaping surgery is considered medically necessary. For instance, if you suffer from gum disease, we will discuss your treatment options and work to eliminate the actual disease. At that point, you may need gum reshaping to restore the gums that have receded. We remove the pockets between your teeth where bacteria accumulate and seal the tissue to prevent future problems.
Gum reshaping can also improve your mental health, boosting your self-image and social confidence by improving your appearance.
What to Expect During This Procedure
Before undergoing gum reshaping, we will review the procedure with you so you know what to expect every step of the way. We will perform it at our offices and typically, you will receive a local anesthetic.
Some dentists use a scalpel but the most suitable, convenient method is to use a laser. It is faster and helps to prevent blood loss. A laser seals the wound as the cutting happens to strip away excess gum tissue.
This makes stitching unnecessary and the wound heals up quickly. It also offers great precision, protecting surrounding tissue from damage. Sometimes bone at the front of the root has to be removed to get the best results over the long term. You only require a single visit and the end result is permanent.
How to Take Care of Your Gums After the Procedure
Recovery is usually quick but on the day of your surgery, we recommend that you relax and don’t exert yourself too much. It is not uncommon to experience minor discomfort and some swelling. You can take over the counter pain medication but avoid anything with aspirin in it, which can cause bleeding.
If you have excessive bleeding, swelling or any other concerns following the procedure, don’t hesitate to call us.
We recommend that you eat a soft diet for a day or two to give your gums a chance to heal. Most people stick with a soft diet of soup, yogurt, ice cream, etc. for a couple of days. We will provide you with more specific instructions, such as when to restart normal tooth brushing, after your surgery is complete.
What are the Benefits of Gum Reshaping?
The procedure is fast, safe and virtually painless. Correcting the shape and appearance of your gums will:
- Make your smile more balanced
- Make your gums look better
- Enhance your confidence
- Lower your risk of dental problems such as gum disease
What Does Gum Reshaping Cost?
The cost depends on the amount of work being done. Your insurance company may pay for the procedure if you are getting it to restore gums affected by gum disease. If it’s purely a cosmetic procedure to improve your appearance, it probably won’t be covered. Talk to us about your monthly payment plans if you’re concerned about costs.