What is Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping, is a cosmetic dental procedure that can improve the appearance of your smile. The procedure involves trimming away excess gum tissue to even out the gum line. This can make your teeth look longer and your smile more symmetrical. It can also be used to correct a gummy smile, where too much gum tissue shows when you smile.
It may be a good option if you’re self-conscious about your gums. The procedure is relatively quick and easy and can be done in one or two office visits. Recovery from it is usually swift, with little to no discomfort.
How painful is it?
Gum contouring, also called gum reshaping, is a cosmetic dental procedure to change the shape of your gums. It can make your teeth look longer or your smile appear more symmetrical.
Gum contouring is usually an outpatient procedure. That means you can go home the same day. The procedure itself only takes 30 to 60 minutes.
You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Your dentist will then use a laser or scalpel to remove excess gum tissue. They will sculpt your gums to the desired shape.
After the procedure, your gums may be sore for a few days. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers to help with the discomfort. You should also avoid eating hard or crunchy foods for a week or so.
Overall, it is a relatively painless procedure with quick recovery.
How long does it last?
Gum contouring is a minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure used to improve the appearance of your smile. During gum contouring treatment, your dentist will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue and contour your gums to give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile. While it is a relatively simple and quick procedure, it is important to know that it is not a permanent solution. Your gums will eventually grow back and you may need to have the procedure repeated in the future to maintain your desired look.
How expensive is it?
The average cost of it is about $600. However, the cost can range from $100 to $2,000, depending on the extent of the procedure. It is usually an elective cosmetic procedure, so it is not typically covered by insurance.
What are the risks of gum contouring?
A gum contouring procedure involves the removal of small amounts of gum tissue to change the shape of the gums. This can be done to improve the appearance of the gums or to make them more symmetrical.
Gum contouring is generally safe, but as with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved. The most common risks include:
-Bleeding: Gum tissue is very vascular, meaning it has a lot of blood vessels. This can make it bleed more easily than other tissues.
-Infection: Although rare, infection is always a possibility with any type of surgery.
-Pain: Some people experience discomfort or pain after gum contouring. This is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
-Recession: In some cases, the gum tissue can recede after surgery, which can lead to exposed roots and tooth sensitivity.
-Scarring: There is a small risk of scarring after gum contouring.
If you are considering gum contouring, discussing the risks with your dentist or oral surgeon is important. They will be able to answer any questions you have and help you make an informed decision.
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