A surgery that enhances the smile of people who have excessive gum tissue. It is often seen on the front teeth and would appear to have small or extended gum volume. The procedure removes and repositions the gum line. Sometimes, involving the reshaping of underlying jawbones.
Typically done under local anesthesia. To begin, the gum is cut and reshape. Soft tissues will be removed if required. If a reshaping of the underlying jaw bone is required, it will be done at the last step before completion.
Expect some discomfort, bleeding, and swelling for up to 48 hours. Cool compressor and pain medications can reduce pain and discomfort. You may return to work after 1-2 days of rest.
Try to avoid anything hard, crunchy, chewy, or spicy diet for up to 14 days. Be on a soft diet.
Do not directly brush or floss the treated area for up to 2 weeks.
Complete healing may take up to 3 months
Notice results almost immediately. However, for those whose underlying bone was not reshaped, there is a chance for gums to regrow.
Side effects includes:
risk of teeth loosening over time
tooth root exposure can lead to tooth sensitivity