What is gum contouring?Contouring
Gum contouring is a non- medical ( cosmetic ) process which changes the shape of gums. A dentist does this process to remove extra gum tissues. It is because of the extra gum tissues that the person has a “ gummy” smile. Basically, it is for restoring gum tissue.
How does one come to know if one needs gum contouring or not?
If you find your gums to be uneven in shape if they cover too much or too little of your teeth. Then you may be a good candidate for getting gum reshaping done.
Does the surgery hurt?
It pains very slightly But, with the help of having medicines, the pain is not felt much. The level of pain depends upon how much gum tissue has to be cut, shaped or grafted.
How long does the recovery take?
His depends upon the tools or techniques used for surgery. If the surgeon makes use of a scalpel, stitches will be necessary, there will also be an irritation. If the surgery is done by lasers, then there won’t be any need of stitches or cuts and the recovery time will also be much lesser.
What restrictions do I follow?
You will have to be careful while eating food because your gums will be sensitive. Also, make sure not to eat anything which is sharp or anything which could poke you. Hence many people eat a soft diet, curd, soup, ice cream or anything which is semi-solid. You might have to go for a follow-up visit to the doctor. Then your doctor will let you know if your gums are healing properly or not. If everything will be fine, then your doctor might ask you to eat what you eat on a regular basis.
Are gum shaping and gum contouring two different things?
These terms are similar. Some dentist uses contouring while some use shaping.
Reshaping is mostly used when lasers are used, and contouring is used when the process is done with the help of scalpels. The objective of both of them is very similar. It is just the tools which are different.
Do people get it done for medical purpose or for cosmetic purpose?
If you have a gum disease then it can be taken as a medical reason for getting done. A gum contouring process is needed in this case to restore the gums.
Too much brushing of teeth also leads to gum disease.