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Gum Re-Contouring

Do you feel like your gums look strange? Although it might seem impossible to reshape that delicate oral tissue, gum re-contouring, also called gingival reshaping, is a simple, permanent, effective solution. 

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Although it might seem impossible to reshape that delicate oral tissue is a simple, permanent, effective solution.

Causes of Uneven Gum Lines

There are several reasons that gums can become misshapen. Read more about why your gums might look unattractive:
  • Simple Genetics: If gummy smiles run in your family, you might have a higher chance of having the same problem. Genetics can dictate how gums grow. If your parents or grandparents have misshapen gums, you should monitor yours closely for signs of the same issue. 
  • Aggressive Brushing: Are you an aggressive brusher? If so, you might be scrubbing away delicate gum tissue and leaving voids behind. After the area heals, your gum line might look jagged, or entire areas might overgrow. Aggressive brushing can also erode your dental enamel, which can cause sensitivity.
  • Periodontal Disease: Unfortunately, decay can damage more than just your teeth. Once infections make their way under your gum line, it can inflame the tissue and make it retract upwards. 
  • Injuries: If you play sports or are involved in a car accident, facial injuries can damage your gum line. Regrown tissue can also look splotchy, overly red, or darker than the rest of your gums.   

Why You Should Consider Gum Re-Contouring

Fortunately, you don’t have to live with misshapen gums. Here are a few reasons you should consider asking Dr. Trujillo about gum re-contouring:
 
Aesthetic Concerns: Your gums might not seem like a crucial part of your smile, but they actually frame your teeth. If your gums aren’t even, teeth can look strangely shaped or even covered up. However, Dr. Trujillo can gently remove extra gum tissue to make your smile look normal. 
 
To Make Brushing and Flossing Easier: Overgrown gums can also spell trouble for the underlying dental surfaces. These pockets can harbor bacteria and plaque, prompting decay and leading to infections. However, when this tissue is trimmed back, you can brush and floss more effectively, so that you can keep your teeth cleaner.  

What To Expect The Day of Your Procedure

Before Dr. Trujillo starts reshaping your gum tissue, he will numb the entire area with a local anesthetic. Next, Dr. Trujillo will use a powerful, yet gentle, diode laser to quickly reshape your gums. This laser cauterizes blood vessels on contact, which eliminates bleeding and speeds recovery time. The special gum reshaping laser also disinfects gum tissue as it works to reshape areas, which speeds healing and prevents infections. 
 
The procedure generally takes under an hour, and afterwards you may experience sore or swollen gums for upwards of a week. However, you can return to your daily activities almost immediately. Using a trained periodontist, such as Dr. Trujillo, is the key to a successful gum reshaping procedure. Periodontists spend extra years in school honing their surgical skills, doing research, and learning more about the inherent risks and potential benefits of complicated oral procedures. To make an appointment to have your gums looked at, contact our office and we will be happy to help you.

Start your day with a beautiful smile.

When you visit our office, your oral health is our top priority. Dr. Trujillo and his entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.