Do your gums sit too high or too low on your teeth, causing you to become unhappy with your smile? It can be frustrating to have gums that cover too much or too little, because it can ruin an otherwise perfect smile. Gingival contouring, also known as gum reshaping, is an excellent way to correct this concern. Gums that are too low are usually merely an aesthetic issue, but gums that are too high can cause decay and tooth loss if left untreated.
Regardless of why you’re considering gingival contouring, our team at Rollins & Petersen is here to help. We have five locations across Arizona, including Mesa, Globe, Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek. If you would like to learn more about this procedure and how it can help you, contact us today to schedule your consultation!
Candidates for Gingival Contouring
If you are experiencing gums that are too low, then you may be frustrated by teeth that look small and a gummy smile. This issue can be caused by a few things, including genetics and certain medications. Before your surgery, our doctor will show you exactly where he will be removing your gums, so you can have an idea of what your smile will look like after surgery.
Gums that are too high sometimes expose the roots of your teeth, which allows bacteria to set in and cause decay. Long-term, if left untreated, tooth loss is the next step. Gum recession could be a sign of periodontal disease, which should be treated in addition to gum contouring in order to see the best results.
Depending on why you are interested in gingival contouring, your procedure will either be cosmetic or medically necessary.
Typically you will only need to visit our office once to complete the procedure. Most patients only need a local anesthetic, and you will be able to go home immediately after. You may be sore for some time after your procedure, but the gums typically heal very quickly.
Recovery includes eating soft foods until your gums have completely healed. We may also recommend over-the-counter pain medication if necessary. Our dentist can give you special instructions on how to brush and floss following your procedure so you don’t damage your gums.
Whether cosmetic or medically necessary, gingival contouring comes with many benefits. If you are interested in this procedure, feel free to get in touch with the team at Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics to learn more. We are conveniently located in Mesa, Globe, Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!