Some people feel better if they have their gums reshaped, as they have what some people refer to as a gummy smile. In other words, they show more gum than teeth, so they have the gums reshaped to show more of their teeth. Alternatively, some people ask that their gums be reshaped to cover areas of recession.
Reshaping the Gums
We may use the terms gum reshaping and gum contouring interchangeably. Gum reshaping may employ a laser, while contouring or sculpting is typically done using a scalpel. Whatever tool is used or the name of the term, the results end up being the same. We change the features of the gums, so they are smaller or larger. Therefore, the idea of gum reshaping is to change the looks of a gummy smile or to restore gum tissues that have receded and are displaying too much of the teeth, including the roots.
Is Gum Reshaping Painful?
You can experience some pain during a gum reshaping procedure, but keep in mind that it is usually rare. We typically administer a medication that dramatically reduces the likelihood that you will experience discomfort. The amount of pain experienced depends on the amount of gum tissue that needs to be trimmed, shaped, or grafted. Also, the types of tools used have an impact on the amount of discomfort.
If the surgery is done with a scalpel, you will experience more irritation after the procedure, and sutures will be necessary. If a laser is used, we can reduce the recovery time without the need for sutures. You will experience a bit of discomfort and swelling as well. We usually suggest using ice packs to reduce swelling for about 15 minutes at a time. Usually, ibuprofen or acetaminophen is recommended for pain relief. Also, you need to be careful about what you eat during the recovery period. Most patients eat a soft diet of pudding, ice cream, soup, or yogurt for a couple of days.
Would you like to know more about gum reshaping for gum recession or a gummy smile? If so, book an appointment with us for a consultation.