Smiling is one of the most important determinants of your self-esteem. If your teeth, lips or gums look weird, uneven or just unaesthetic. Then that might seriously affect your mental health and how you look at yourself. The solution for the latter is Gum reshaping/re-contouring.
And no, it has nothing to do with the popular makeup technique. Gum contouring is a procedure categorized as a part of cosmetic dentistry, which helps fix the appearance of your gums. Whether they’re too high or too low on your teeth, or just simply uneven, gum contouring is the solution for you.
Problems like the aforementioned are often a result of genetic issues that have little to no effect on your teeth’s and gums’ health whatsoever. Although high gums can actually be caused by gum recession, which is a serious condition that pulls the gums away from the teeth, exposing their roots. Apart from not looking good, such diseases can cause major dental issues, like decay and tooth loss.
The procedure itself is very simple and requires little time. After giving anesthesia to the patient, the dentist removes excess gum tissue if your gums are too low. On the scenario of high gums, the dentist responsible for the surgery can restore gum tissue and provide a natural look.
To perform gum contouring surgery, dentists use scalpels, lasers, and radiosurgery, but the latter is not so often used. Depending on what tools are used, the recovery time and after-surgery pain can vary. Usually, since scalpels and lasers are used together, meaning that you will be completely healed after a few weeks, during which you might feel pain or discomfort. The best way to combat that is with over-the-counter painkillers and by applying ice on your face for 15 minutes.
But beware, as the cost of such surgery can be quite expensive. For a full mouth gum contouring, the price ranges from $1,000 to over $3,000.