Do your gums lie rather low or higher up on your teeth? Are you fondly dubbed “Miss Gummy Smile”? Do you wish to own a bigger, brighter and stunning smile then cosmetic gum sculpting procedure is just the answer to your sorrows.
Explained herewith is comprehensive information about cosmetic gum sculpting (reshaping).
Gum Contouring And Reshaping
Cosmetic gum sculpting (reshaping) is a procedure wherein some of the surplus gummy areas in a person’s mouth are gently removed to achieve enhanced symmetry in the architecture of his/her gum line.
The chief reasons for performing gum sculpting are reducing the level of excessive gum tissue that is visible while smiling or in the case of a smile makeover when a particular tooth appears higher or longer than the other one due to uneven level of the gum.
The procedure initially involves checking how much bone is underneath the gum which the dental practitioner plans to sculpt or reshape. Once this is done then it can be as simple as plotting and then taking the gum away using lasers or sensor devices.
If there’s a lot of bone in that area as well then bone reduction is performed. This is necessary as otherwise the person can experience a lot of inflammation and soreness in that area which will always be an infectious spot.
Gum sculpting can be performed by general dental practitioners but it is always advisable to seek out someone who is surgically competent or just someone passionate about cosmetic dentistry and who truly understands the reasons for undergoing gum sculpting as well as someone who can perform the procedure safely.
Level Of Pain/Discomfort
When merely the gum is taken out then the procedure is generally not painful. Local anesthesia is administered prior to the procedure so that the person is totally numb in that area. Post-procedure healing occurs within a day or two if solely the gum is taken away.
When bone removal is also involved then some degree of discomfort would be experienced. Analgesics will help in this case, but after few days of resting and 7-10 days of healing the person would be absolutely fine.
Self Care Instructions
Post procedure it is advisable to lay off heavy spiced and too hot or chilly foods for a few days till healing occurs as sometimes there might be some sutures in the operated site which can cause stinging sensations on exposure.
Outcomes To Expect
After gum sculpting patients can expect more symmetrical results. If a person has done it purely for a smile makeover and architecture of the gums are uneven then he/she can expect a more symmetrical smile.
Those individuals who have undergone the procedure for treating gummy smile can expect a fuller smile with more teeth showing. If the procedure is done correctly and in certain circumstances the underlying bone tissue as well as the gum tissue are removed then the results would be permanent.
Costs involved in cosmetic gum sculpting procedure vary and are dependent on how many teeth need to be contoured. It could range anywhere from around 18,000 rupees onwards and even cross over a lakh rupees depending on the case concerned.