If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your gumline, gum reshaping can boost your self-esteem and help you smile confidently. At Dental Arts of Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California, Arman Dayan, DDS, Anne Kim, DDS, and Xuan Yue, DDS, offer expert gum reshaping. To schedule your appointment at the Los Angeles-based practice, call the office or book online today.
Gum reshaping, or gum contouring, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure used to improve the appearance of your gumline. In most cases, gum reshaping isn’t medically necessary. Sometimes, though, Dr. Dayan and Dr. Yue use gum reshaping to treat gum disease.
Dental Arts of Beverly Hills performs gum reshaping on-site as an outpatient procedure. Prior to reshaping your gums, your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your gums and mouth.
Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Dayan or Dr. Yue uses a soft tissue laser or handheld scalpel to resculpt your gumline and remove excess tissue. Depending on the issues being treated, your provider might also use stitches or sutures to hold your gum tissue in place.
If you have a receding gumline and need additional gum tissue, your provider can remove tissue from another area of your mouth and secure it around your teeth and receding gums with stitches. Once placed, the tissue grows back, restoring your gumline to a healthier condition.
The length of a gum reshaping appointment varies from person to person and depends on the issues being treated. If you only need minor sculpting, you might finish in one hour. More extensive treatments can take 2-3 hours or longer.
Following gum reshaping surgery, Dental Arts of Beverly Hills sends you home with a list of recovery instructions. It usually takes a few days to a few weeks for your mouth to heal completely. If you experience any pain or tenderness, you may need to take a day or two off of work.
In the first few days after your gum reshaping appointment, it’s important to eat soft foods like yogurt, soup, and applesauce.
You’ll also need to attend a follow-up appointment about a week after your procedure. During a follow-up, your provider monitors your progress and looks for signs of infection.
Don’t let a receding gumline or gummy smile prevent you from living confidently. To see if you’re a candidate for gum reshaping, schedule an appointment at Dental Arts of Beverly Hills. Call the office or book online today.