Create a Beautiful Frame for Your Smile with Gum Contouring

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your gums, a gum contouring procedure can enhance your smile. Low, uneven, or asymmetrical gums can make your teeth look small or crooked, even if they are perfectly straight and healthy. A cosmetic gum contouring treatment from Dr. Art Carpenter at our Kenilworth, IL, office, can refine the appearance of your gums to create a beautiful, symmetrical frame for your smile. Gum contouring is a flexible procedure that can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a full smile makeover plan.

before/after gum contouring

Gum contouring can improve the appearance of a gummy smile.

What Is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a simple and straightforward cosmetic procedure that can benefit patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their gum line. During treatment, Dr. Carpenter will gently remove excess gum tissue and carefully sculpt your gum line. Gum contouring can address a variety concerns, such as:

  • Excess gum tissue
  • An uneven gum line
  • A “gummy” smile
  • Teeth that appear short or crooked

In order to qualify for gum contouring, you must have healthy teeth and gums. As with all cosmetic procedures, we recommend that you address any underlying oral health concerns before undergoing an elective treatment.

Planning Your Treatment

During your initial consultation, you can discuss your concerns and goals with Dr. Carpenter. At our office, we focus on finding the most conservative option possible to achieve the results you desire. Dr. Carpenter schedules his appointments so he can focus on each patient individually. He can explain your cosmetic options to you and recommend the procedure most suited for your goals. 

What to Expect during Gum Contouring

Dr. Carpenter can typically complete a cosmetic gum contouring treatment in a single visit. Generally, the procedure is performed under local anesthetic. However, you can discuss other sedation options with Dr. Carpenter if you are particularly nervous about treatment.

On the day of your procedure, we will first apply the local anesthetic to the treatment area. Dr. Carpenter will then slowly remove excess tissue and reshape the gum line. His goal is to remove the least amount of tissue possible to achieve your desired results. 

Caring for Your Gums after Treatment

During the first few days following your gum contouring procedure, your gums will likely feel sore and swollen. We recommend resting the day of your procedure to allow your body to focus on healing. Most patients are able to manage any discomfort using over-the-counter pain medication.

An even, smooth, symmetrical gum line provides a beautiful frame for healthy teeth.

For the first week, you should avoid eating hard or spicy food which can irritate your gums during healing. Cool, soft foods are more gentle on your gums. It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine after a gum contouring procedure. However, until your gum tissue has healed, you should be gentle while brushing or flossing the treated areas. Using a saline rinse is a good way to remove food debris from your gums and keep them healthy while you heal.

Enhance Your Smile

An even, smooth, symmetrical gum line provides a beautiful frame for healthy teeth. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, we offer a range of cosmetic treatment options at our office. Contact our office online or call us at (847) 251-5004 today to find out if gum contouring is the right procedure for you. 

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