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Gum Recontouring – Dayton, OH

Say Good-Bye to a Gummy Smile

Believe it or not, the appearance of your gum line is equally important as your teeth when creating a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, if you have excess gum tissue or it has been damaged by infection or an injury, it can impact the attractiveness of your smile. You don’t need to live with the results. Gum recontouring in Dayton is a cosmetic service our dentists at Rahn Dental Group can use to transform your smile. Specifically, Drs. Quinttus, Budde, and Sullivan may recommend this service to change the length or shape of one or more of your teeth. Our office uses a soft tissue laser to make the treatment virtually pain-free.

What is Gum Recontouring?

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Gum recontouring is a cosmetic treatment designed to improve the shape of your teeth and remove excess gum tissue to enhance your smile and your overall appearance. Our dentists may recommend gum recontouring if your teeth appear overly short, stubby, or uneven, such to resolve a gummy smile in Dayton.

When you visit our office to receive a gum contouring treatment, our dentists will remove small amounts of the unnecessary tissue, making changes to the shape of your teeth and revealing previously hidden dental structure. Not only does this offer aesthetic benefits, but it can also improve your oral health by reducing your risk of gum disease.

Depending on your individual needs and the results you want to achieve, our dentists may combine contouring with dental bonding to achieve better results. Gum recontouring can be completed in one easy visit to our office, so you won’t need to wait to enjoy your new smile!

Am I a Candidate for Gum Recontouring?

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In order to determine if you are a qualified candidate for gum recontouring, our dentists will examine your smile in its entirety before creating a personalized treatment plan. If you have any of the following, it is likely that you will be eligible for this type of treatment:

  • Gums that protrude too far outward
  • A broken or damaged tooth that requires a dental crown and needs additional tooth structure to place the restoration
  • Uneven gum line

What Can I Expect with Gum Recontouring?

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Our office uses a soft tissue laser to sculpt your gum line with precision. A highly concentrated beam of light energy targets specific tissue to remove it. This provides a greater level of accuracy when compared to a traditional scalpel.

The laser will sterilize your tissue while it cuts to reduce the risk of infection. It also cauterizes to minimize any bleeding. There’s no need for a scalpel or sutures, so the treatment is virtually pain-free. In fact, you may not even need an anesthetic. You’ll enjoy a more precise treatment with fewer risks to achieve your dream smile.

Your gums may be a bit tender for a few days, but a soft tissue laser streamlines the recovery process. Any soreness or redness will subside quickly. While you recover, it’s best not to bite into anything that’s hard, and don’t eat anything that’s sharp. Your gums may be a bit sensitive, so you might want to avoid anything that’s hot, spicy, or acidic until your mouth has healed.

You’ll need to maintain your oral hygiene but be careful when cleaning near the gum tissue. We may recommend an antibiotic mouth rinse while you heal.

Benefits of Gum Recontouring

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  • Reduced chances of developing gum disease
  • Improved appearance and increased confidence
  • Fast recovery time due to the use of a soft tissue laser
  • A safe and effective treatment solution that minimizes bleeding and swelling

Post-Operative Tips

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While you can expect to feel some soreness after your procedure is complete, you will need to eat soft foods in the days following your surgery. You will also want to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing as you normally would, just be mindful of the amount of pressure you use, so as to not irritate your soft tissue.

If you are having trouble with pain or discomfort, try an over-the-counter pain reliever and cold compress.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you’re ready to achieve the smile of your dreams, your cosmetic dentist in Daytona can help. Please feel free to contact our practice to learn more about gum recontouring or to schedule your consultation with one of our talented dentists. We look forward to helping you create a more beautiful smile!