If you are not that happy with how your appearance gets affected by your gums, you are a good candidate for gum surgery. This surgical procedure can help correct problems like gum recession, making your teeth look shorter and your smile less attractive. Here is what you can expect.
What is a Cosmetic Gum Surgery?
Gum surgery is a cosmetic dental procedure where the gums are contoured to improve the smile's appearance. The gum line can be evened out, and any excess tissue can be removed. This type of surgery can also correct a "gummy" smile, where too much gum tissue is visible when smiling. Gum surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, typically short recovery time. However, it is essential to have clear and realistic expectations for the surgery results. While the smile will appear more symmetrical and attractive after the surgery, it will not necessarily look perfect.
Who Are Candidates for Cosmetic Gum Surgery?
Anyone unhappy with the appearance of their gums may be a good candidate for this type of surgery. The best candidates have healthy gums and enough bone support for the teeth. Candidates should also have good oral hygiene and be committed to taking care of their teeth after the surgery.
What To Expect During and After the Gum Surgery?
The gum surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia so that you will be awake during the procedure. However, you should not feel any pain. After the surgery, you can expect some swelling and discomfort. It can be controlled with ice packs and over-the-counter medication. It is essential to take it easy for a few days after the surgery and avoid strenuous activity. It is helpful if you also avoid smoking, which can delay healing. Most people make a complete recovery in a few weeks.
If you are considering gum surgery, consult with our qualified cosmetic dentist. Our dentists will assess your case and give you the best treatment options.