Cosmetic Gum Surgery
Cosmetic Gum Surgery Can Enhance Your Smile
Cosmetic gum surgery is a type of gum and dental procedure that alters the appearance of a patient's gum tissue. It is usually performed to improve the appearance of a smile, but may also be done for health reasons. For example, if a person has a receding gum line, gum graft surgery can help reduce the exposure of tooth roots and decrease the sensitivity of those roots to hot or cold food or drinks. The most common form of cosmetic gum surgery in Downey is gum contouring, which involves reshaping the gum line for a more pleasing look. This procedure is sometimes referred to as gingival sculpting or gum lifts, and it can be used to correct a gummy smile, uneven gum line, or teeth that appear too long in comparison to the rest of the mouth.
Gum reshaping can be performed conventionally with a surgical scalpel, or using newer dental laser technology. The advantage of the laser is that it seals the gum tissue as it sculpts it, which makes the procedure more comfortable and shortens healing time.
The best candidate for cosmetic gum surgery is someone who has healthy gums, and whose primary concern is improving the look of their smile. The surgeon will examine the patient to determine the extent of the change they wish to make, and the amount of gum tissue that will need to be removed to achieve this. In some cases, the patient will need to have a small amount of bone removed as well. The surgeon will discuss the various options with the patient and come up with a plan that will be the most effective in the long term.
After a patient has undergone cosmetic gum surgery in Downey, they will need to allow their body to recover for a few days. They should avoid strenuous activity and should use over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary. It is important to drink plenty of water and eat soft foods during recovery, as hard or crunchy foods can cause discomfort.
If you are interested in learning more about how Cosmetic gum surgery can enhance your smile, then we encourage you to call our office and schedule an appointment. We will be happy to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment options. At Downey Dental Solutions we are committed to providing quality dentistry with compassion and care. We offer a wide range of services including dental implants, dental crowns, teeth whitening, dentures, and emergency dentistry.