Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that can alter the appearance of your gums. This procedure can be used by a dentist to remove excess gum tissue that is giving you a “gummy” smile or to restore gum tissue that has receded and is exposing too much of the tooth.

When is gum contouring recommended?

People can elect it as a cosmetic dentistry treatment if they are not happy with how their gums appear. It can fix issues of receding gums, excessive gum tissue, or uneven gum line. However, it is possible that your dentist specifically recommends you to get the treatment, as it might be significant for your oral health.

What happens during a gum contouring procedure?

It is a straightforward procedure and the patient does not need to be in the dental chair for long. Dentists use two ways of performing the procedure — scalpels or lasers. The doctor will remove the gum tissue if it is excessively covering the enamel of the tooth.

On the other hand, dentists will remove tissue from another part of your mouth to fix receding gums. As compared to scalpels, lasers provide more precision during the treatment.

Is the procedure painful?

The dentist will apply a numbing agent to the area where dental work is required. This considerably reduces the patient’s pain and discomfort during the procedure. The level of discomfort also depends on the extent of gum contouring required. Typically, patients will feel more pain during their recovery time. The dentist is likely to prescribe pain medication for this purpose.

What is the cost of gum contouring?

Gum contouring cost depends on the extent of treatment required, and the local rates in your area. The cost for contouring a single tooth can range from $50 to $350, while that of the entire front teeth can range from $100 to $3,000.

It falls under cosmetic dentistry treatments. Therefore, it is likely your dental insurance may not provide coverage for it unless your dentist recommends it for medical reasons.

How long is the recovery time following a gum contouring procedure?

The recovery time depends on the method used for the treatment. For example, if the dentist used scalpels, you will need sutures to close the incisions. This can make the recovery take longer.

On the other hand, the laser method is less invasive but the patient will still need some time to recover. The length of the recovery period can also depend on the amount of treatment done.

Dr. Nick Addario’s Dental Services in Chula Vista

At Dr. Nick’s dental practice in Chula Vista, patients will have access to a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including gum contouring. We have experienced dentists and trained staff to perform each procedure with quality and precision, along with ensuring that our patients remain comfortable and well informed.

We have a fully equipped and hygienic dental office in Chula Vista, where patients can receive affordable dental care. To learn more about cosmetic dental treatments or book your appointment, call us or visit our office.