Gum Contouring Surgery

1. What is gum shaping surgery?

Gum shaping, also known as crown lengthening, is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping the gum line to expose more of the tooth structure. This can be done for a variety of reasons, such as to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile, to prepare teeth for restorative procedures, or to improve the health of the gums.

During the procedure, a periodontist, or a dentist who specializes in the treatment of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, will remove excess gum tissue in order to expose more of the tooth. The procedure is typically performed using a scalpel or laser and can be done under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. After the procedure, the gums will be sutured to help them heal in the new shape. Recovery time can vary, but most people are able to return to normal activities within a few days.

It is important to note that the gum shaping is irreversible process and care should be taken before committing for such surgery, there could be serious side effect if overaggressive or improper surgery happen. The procedure should be done by experienced professional and realistic expectations are to be set by patient before going through it.

2. How long does the surgery take?

The length of the surgery can vary depending on the number of teeth being treated and the amount of gum tissue being removed, but it typically takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours.

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3. How much pain should I expect after the surgery?

You may experience some discomfort and swelling after the surgery, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Your periodontist will provide you with specific instructions for caring for your gums after the procedure to help minimize any pain or discomfort.

4. When can I return to work after the surgery?

Recovery times vary, but most people are able to return to work within a few days. It’s best to check with your periodontist for specific instructions.

5. How long will it take for my gums to heal?

The healing process can take several weeks, but your gums should be fully healed within 3 to 6 months. You will need to follow a strict oral hygiene regimen during this time to ensure proper healing.

6. Will the results of the surgery be permanent?

The results of gum shaping surgery are generally considered to be permanent, but it’s important to note that the gums can re-grow if proper oral hygiene is not maintained. Additionally, any underlying issues that caused the need for gum shaping, such as gum disease, will need to be addressed to ensure the long-term success of the procedure.

7. Can I get crowns or other restorations after gum shaping surgery?

Yes, in many cases, the main reason for gum shaping surgery is to expose more tooth structure, so that restorations such as crowns, bridges, or veneers can be placed.

8. Is gum reshaping surgery only for aesthetic purposes?

No, While a common reason for gum reshaping surgery is to improve the appearance of a gummy smile, the procedure can also be performed for restorative or therapeutic reasons. For example, it can be used to expose more of the tooth structure for the placement of restorations, or to remove diseased gum tissue to improve the health of the gums.

9. Who is gingival shaping surgery inconvenient for?

Gum shaping surgery may not be appropriate or beneficial for everyone. Here are a few groups of people for whom gum shaping surgery may not be a good option:

Pregnant women: Women who are pregnant may want to avoid gum shaping surgery as the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can cause the gums to be more sensitive and more likely to bleed.

People with bleeding disorders: If you have a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia, you may not be a good candidate for gum shaping surgery as the procedure involves cutting and removing tissue, which could lead to excessive bleeding.

People with diabetes: People with diabetes are at an increased risk of complications from gum surgery, including delayed healing. Your periodontist will work with your primary care physician to manage your diabetes and minimize any risks associated with the surgery.

People with poor oral hygiene: If you have poor oral hygiene, the chances of infection or other complications during or after gum shaping surgery may be higher. Prior to any gum surgery, the patient’s oral hygiene should be up to standard and should be maintained after the surgery

People with certain medical conditions: certain medical conditions like immune system problem, radiation therapy, heart disease, etc. can affect the healing process and success of the surgery, so your periodontist will work with your primary care physician to determine if gum shaping surgery is safe for you.

It is important to note that it’s also important to have realistic expectations, when you are considering gum reshaping surgery, the procedure can only achieve a certain level of improvement. Your periodontist will assess your situation, explaining the potential outcome and limitations of the surgery.


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