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Some people are born with gums that either rest too low or too high on their teeth. They may not be happy with their smile, in which case, they may be candidates for a procedure called gum contouring surgery. This is also known as reshaping or tissue sculpting, and it is a cosmetic dental procedure that evens out uneven gum lines.

Gums that cover a large portion of your teeth, making your teeth appear too small, maybe the result of genetics, a particular health problem, or taking certain prescription drugs. This dental condition is often referred to as a 'gummy smile.' While it is usually considered a purely cosmetic issue, it could potentially interfere with proper oral hygiene and increase the risk of gum disease and other dental problems. 

If gums are too high and make your teeth appear long, then gum recession is often the cause. This is a condition in which the gum tissue pulls back from the tooth and exposes the tooth’s root. If gum recession is too severe, it indicates a more severe problem, such as periodontal disease. It is essential to consult with a dentist or periodontist if you suspect you have overly large gums. These healthcare professionals can guide you on the best possible treatment to achieve a well-proportioned, healthy smile.

Your oral health matters a great deal; sometimes, surgical procedures are necessary to maintain it. One such procedure is gum surgery, often recommended to treat various periodontal diseases or conditions. The surgery is an outpatient procedure, where local anaesthetic will be applied, and may involve the use of lasers, depending on what the dentist uses at his/her office.

On the day after your surgery, you should rest and minimize physical activity. It may take days or weeks for your gums to heal completely. You will receive specific instructions about what you need to do to aid the recovery process. You will most likely need to take pain reliever medications such as Tylenol or Advil to ease the pain/discomfort, eat soft and cool foods for the first few days, and follow special brushing instructions during the healing process.

Gum contouring can be performed by many dentists and periodontists. Consult our dentist in Waterloo to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you had gum contouring surgery and are experiencing excessive swelling and/or bleeding, contact us to book an appointment.

Gum Contouring in Waterloo, ON

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