Cosmetic » Gum Contouring and Teeth Reshaping
If your gums rest too low or too high on your teeth and you are unhappy with your smile, you may be a candidate for gum contouring surgery. Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this cosmetic dental procedure can even out an uneven gum line and give you a smile you can be proud of.
What Causes Uneven Gums?
A number of things can cause your gums to be too low or too high. Gums that cover a large portion of your teeth can make your teeth look small. This may be the result of genetics, a particular health problem, or taking certain prescription medicines.
Gums that are too high and make your teeth appear long are often caused by gingival recession, a condition in which gum tissue pulls back from a tooth and exposes the tooth’s root. Not only can gum recession make your teeth look long, it can lead to serious dental problems such as decay and tooth loss. Gum recession may also be a sign of periodontal disease, the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth (gums and bone) .
Gum Contouring Surgery: Is It Necessary?
Gum contouring alone is considered a cosmetic procedure. Most of the time it is not medically necessary. Most people have their gums reshaped to improve the appearance of their smile. However, some people undergo gum contouring surgery as part of other necessary periodontal procedures, such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and regenerative procedures.
Gum Contouring: What to Expect
Gum contouring surgery may be performed in general practice.
A local anaesthetic will be applied to numb the area. Sometimes, bone at the front of the tooth’s root must also be removed during gum contouring to get the best long-term results.
Gum Contouring: Recovery
The day of surgery, you should rest and limit your activities. It may take a few days or weeks for your gums to heal completely. We will give you specific directions about what you need to do to aid the recovery process. Here are some general tips to get you through the recovery period:
- Ease pain and inflammation by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, as directed by your dentist. Do not take aspirin, which can cause bleeding.
- Eat soft, cool foods, such as eggs, pasta, yogurt, cottage cheese, soft vegetables, and ice cream, for the first few days after surgery. Avoid spicy foods and anything with seeds until your gums have healed completely.
- Follow the directions given by us on when and how to brush your teeth during the healing process.
Tooth Contouring & Reshaping
What is tooth contouring and reshaping?
Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session.
The dental contouring procedure can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances. It is also a procedure of subtle changes. A few millimeters of reduction and a few millimeters of tooth-coloured composite can create a beautiful smile when performed by a cosmetic dentist, with no discomfort to you. Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth.
Who is a candidate for tooth contouring and reshaping?
If you want your teeth to appear less crowded, without chips or fractures, or without pits or grooves in the enamel, tooth reshaping might be a suitable treatment for you. A little dental contouring can often make a huge difference in the appearance of your smile.
Tooth reshaping, or tooth sculpting, is a safe and conservative way to improve your smile. Teeth may become weaker if large amounts of enamel are removed, tooth reshaping should be limited to minor changes or combined with veneers or bonding for the best smile.
How is tooth contouring and reshaping accomplished?
Preparation for dental contouring and reshaping is a team effort with your cosmetic dentist. We will take x-rays to evaluate the health of each tooth, and then discuss how you would like the final result to look, and whether tooth reshaping can give you the improvement that you are looking for.
We may mark your teeth with a pencil prior to performing the procedure, which helps us in their sculpting process. As we sculpt the tooth, imperfections are artfully eliminating or minimized. A sanding drill or laser may be used to remove small amounts of surface enamel gradually. Abrasive strips are then moved back and forth between your teeth to shape the actual sides of your teeth. Then the teeth are smoothed and polished. Usually anaesthetic is not needed. Teeth contouring and reshaping usually takes one to two visits.
Often these various procedures are combined in different ways to deliver that smile of your dreams.
Pros and Cons of a tooth contouring and reshaping
Only a small amount of tooth enamel is removed, contouring your problem tooth into a more pleasing shape for an improved smile. The tooth contouring procedure is quick, simple, painless, and inexpensive.
There are limits. You may be at risk for tooth breakage and decay if too much enamel is removed from your teeth. If your teeth were uneven because you grind them, they’ll become uneven again until the grinding issue is resolved..