Gum Recontouring

Your gums do a lot, not only for the health of your smile, but also the look and shape of your teeth. With gum recontouring, Dr. Castle can reinvent your smile with minimally invasive and cost-effective procedures. You will be amazed by what a little soft tissue sculpting can accomplish and the positive impact it could have on your appearance.

What is Gum Recontouring?

Also called gum reshaping or gum sculpting, this cosmetic procedure corrects gums that are too high, too low or uneven. The dentist can shape the gums with a variety of tools and methods to improve the look of your teeth and smile and prevent dental problems like gum disease, decay and tooth loss. Dr. Castle can perform gingival sculpting alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures for a full smile reconstruction.

What Causes Uneven Gums?

When you smile in the mirror you might notice your gums rest too high or too low. If you have an overabundance of gum tissues covering a larger portion of your teeth (a gummy smile), dentists call it excessive gingival display. This makes your teeth look short and often comes from genetics, bone that extends too close to the surface of teeth, inflammation or the use of certain medications. If you have teeth that look elongated due to gums pulling away from teeth, dentists call it gum recession. This is normally caused by a periodontal infection (gum disease) where bacteria colonize in the pockets along the gumline and provoke an inflammatory response. Recession also occurs due to abnormal tooth positions, excessive brushing and genetics. Depending on the condition and the cause of your gum problems, Dr. Castle can correct these problems and restore soft tissue to a uniform, healthy condition.

Two Procedures for Gum Recontouring

Just as gums can be too high or too low, there are two types of treatment Dr. Castle provides to correct these problems. For EGD, she can perform a gingivectomy, or crown lengthening, to eliminate excessive gum tissue. For gum recession she can perform gum grafting or connective tissue grafting, to cover the exposed tooth roots.

What is the Procedure for Gingivectomy?

Dr. Castle uses anesthesia to numb the area. She then gently removes gum tissue with manual surgical tools or a laser. In some cases, treatment requires stitches after the procedure to promote faster healing. Usually, the surgical sites are sore for only 24 to 48 hours. After one week you will return to our office for a follow up, and Dr. Castle will examine the tissue to ensure proper healing.

What is the Procedure for Gum Grafting?

Dr. Castle numbs the area with local anesthesia and makes sure to remove all bacteria and infection. Then, she will perform one of three types of soft tissue grafts. For a free gingival graft, she takes a small strip of tissue from the roof of your mouth and sutures it in place. In a connective tissue graft, she must cut a flap in the roof of your mouth and remove tissue from beneath the flap to use as a graft. Lastly, for a pedicle graft she uses tissue from a neighboring tooth to cover exposed tooth roots. The last method is most common because it allows for faster healing times as part of the graft is  attached.

Post-Procedure Care

Though recovery should only take a day or two, Dr. Castle might advise a strict diet of soft foods or liquids for several days to speed recovery and promote proper healing. If your treatment required stitches, she will also ask you to limit physical activity to prevent reopening or infection of the surgical site.

Why Would I Need Gum Recontouring?

Many people think this procedure is merely cosmetic, but the truth is gum reshaping improves both esthetics and functionality. Removing excess gum tissue reduces the depth of gum pockets and your risk of periodontal infection. Also, the other procedure of adding gum tissue helps protect the teeth by covering exposed tooth roots to reduce sensitivity, the risk of root caries and tooth loss.

Choosing Dr. Castle for Gum Recontouring

Both gingivectomy and gum grafting require precision and attention to detail if you want the best outcome. With Dr. Castle, you can expect highly predictable results that not only improve the look of your teeth, but your oral health as well. With her high tech tools and years of experience you can expect less risk of infection and faster healing times. She will consider all options and find the best combination of treatments to suit your unique situation. There is simply no better option for gum reshaping.

If you think your gums are unhealthy or misshapen, please call our office at 937-335-8014 to schedule an appointment.