A beautiful set of teeth and healthy gums can make or break your smile. However, too much or little gum can affect the aesthetic arrangement of your grin. Excess gum can make your teeth appear short, while little gum can make your teeth dominate the overall impression. Cosmetic gum surgery restores the perfect balance between your teeth and gums by reducing or increasing the gums. At Falls Church cosmetic dentistry, there are experts available to discuss your treatment options.
Who is the right candidate for cosmetic gum surgery?
Your doctor may recommend cosmetic gum surgery if you have a gummy smile. This may mean you have too much gums or very thick gums. Thus it causes the teeth to appear buried inside the gums. Also, it is recommended for mouse teeth, where the gums are few or receding. Other reasons are exposed tooth necks, short teeth, and uneven gums.
Causes of gum abnormalities
Gum abnormalities can occur due to genetic predisposition. Other causes include lifestyle, poor oral hygiene, medication, or orthodontic treatment.
Moreover, gum diseases may cause this condition, including gum hyperplasia, marginal periodontitis, and periodontitis. Also, when the gums cannot attach properly to the jawbone, it may cause this condition.
Examples of gum restoration techniques
Your doctor may recommend several techniques to correct this anomaly. These may include surgical removal of gums, modeling techniques, crown lengthening, and gum augmentation, which treats recession.
What to expect during the treatment
The surgery is a minor procedure with significant implications since it aims to correct the overall appearance of your gums and teeth. It is conducted under local anesthesia, and your doctor attaches bandages to your gums after the operation. The sutures are removed after about ten days.
Before the treatment, your doctor evaluates your medical history and the condition of your gums and mouth. An x-ray is ordered, and a model simulation of desired treatment is done.
Other techniques may include bone regeneration measures, connective tissue graft, or wound protection. Your doctor will advise you to observe oral hygiene after surgery and will schedule an appointment after 8 to 10 days.
What are the complications of the surgery?
You may experience pain and discomfort after the local anesthesia wears off. However, your doctor will prescribe medication to relieve the pain. You are put under antibiotic treatment to prevent infection and given a special mouthwash.
It is essential to limit several activities such as workouts during the recovery period. Also, avoid hot and spicy food as these may delay healing. Your dentist will provide instructions to follow for quick recovery. Some people may develop flare-ups that clear within a day or two.
It is important to stay indoors for at least 2 to 3 days to allow for the gums to heal. The procedure does not require hospitalization, and you can go home the same day.
If you would like cosmetic gum surgery, the Gentle Touch Dental PC experts will answer all your concerns. Book an appointment for a consultative session.