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Enhance Your Smile with Cosmetic Gum Contouring

Regardless of whether you are in good oral health or how white your teeth are, a low or uneven gum line can detract from the appearance of your smile. At our Valdosta, GA, dental practiceDr. Brett Hester can perform gum contouring to sculpt the gum line so you can smile confidently. During this procedure, the excess gum tissue is removed to reveal more of the underlying tooth structure. This quick and safe procedure is an excellent option for individuals with a gummy smile or an asymmetrical gum line. To achieve results that flatter your smile, Dr. Hester will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan designed with your goals in mind.

Illustration comparing gum line before and after gum contouring

A personalized gum contouring treatment can create a more flattering gum line that compliments your smile.

The Gum Contouring Process

Your gum contouring treatment can be completed in about one hour. This process typically includes:

Preparation
First, Dr. Hester assesses the gum line and marks the tissue he plans to remove with a special pen. This will act as a guide for your procedure, allowing you to see how much tissue will be removed and how the gum line will look after treatment.
Local Anesthetic & Sedation
To ensure your comfort during the procedure, local anesthesia is administered. Nitrous oxide sedation can also be provided to help you feel at ease.
Tissue Removal & Reshaping
Once you are comfortable, Dr. Hester will recontour the existing gum line by carefully removing tissue for natural-looking results.
Closing the Incisions
The incision sites will then be carefully closed with sutures.

Dr. Hester uses gentle techniques to make the process as pleasant as possible.

Healing & Recovery

Immediately following gum contouring treatment, patients can expect:

  • Redness
  • Inflammation
    Discomfort

However, these side effects are normal and should diminish within the first few days. Any discomfort can be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Dietary Recommendations

During the initial recovery process, we recommend eating a soft food diet. This may include:

  • Smoothies
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Cottage cheese

Be sure to avoid hot, spicy foods until your gums have healed. 

This quick and safe procedure is an excellent option for individuals with a gummy smile or an asymmetrical gum line. 

Oral Hygiene Regimen

While it is important to keep the teeth and gums clean during the recovery process, you may need to brush and floss more gently for a few days. An antibacterial mouthwash can help keep harmful bacteria at bay during this time.

Dr. Hester can provide you with a comprehensive list of post-treatment guidelines. Following these instructions closely will help you enjoy a comfortable, successful recovery.

Combining Treatments

Dr. Hester is committed to providing patient-oriented care. Therefore, he will work closely with you during the planning process to ensure optimal results. Many of our patients choose to combine gum contouring with other treatments, such as porcelain veneers, to fully transform their smile. While cosmetic treatments are not usually covered by insurance, Dr. Hester accepts financing to help make your goals a reality.

Smile Confidently

If you are self-conscious about a gummy smile or uneven gum line, gum contouring may be able to restore your confidence in your smile. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hester, contact us online or call us at (229) 247-3400.

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Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults alike by offering the highest-quality dental care in a friendly, relaxed, and caring atmosphere. - Dr. Hester

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