Gum recontouring procedures, also known as gum reshaping or gum contouring, is a dental procedures that involve the removal or reshaping of gum tissue to improve the appearance and health of the teeth. This procedure is often used to correct a "gummy" smile, where the gums cover too much of the teeth, making them appear shorter than they actually are. It can also be used to correct uneven gums or to remove excess gum tissue that may be causing periodontal disease.
The gum recontouring procedure is typically performed using either a laser or a scalpel, depending on the patient's needs and preferences. Dr. Watson will first numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure. Then, he will carefully remove or reshape the gum tissue, taking care to ensure that the final result is even, symmetrical and aesthetic. After the procedure, patients can expect some mild discomfort and swelling, but this typically subsides within a few days. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, the results of a gum recontouring procedure can last for many years, improving both the appearance and health of the patient's teeth.