Gum contouring like a breast augmentation surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure. Most of the time it is not medically necessary. Its purpose is usually to rectify an uneven or excessive gum tissue growth beyond what is considered normal. But besides making your smile more attractive, this cosmetic gum surgery can also restore the health and function of your gums when they have suffered damage from dental disease. When an inflammation and bad dental care erode’s your gum to the root of the teeth giving you a not-so-pleasant smile, this cosmetic gum surgery can fix it.
So, how does a cosmetic gum surgery fix gum recession, an uneven gum, or excessive gum tissue to improve the appearance of one’s smile? Well, all cosmetic gum surgery can be performed at the dental office. And before surgery, it’s often necessary to bring existing gum disease under control.
To undergo the procedure, you need to see a dentist for a comprehensive check. The dentist will advise you on changing your dental care routine and then the surgery is carried out by a periodontist to correct the gum. This procedure is called gum graft or gingival graft.
After administering a dental anesthetic to the patient, the surgery is done by either grafting tissue from/around the gum area, from the roof of the patient’s mouth, or sourced from a donor tissue. The approach taken depends on what is considered best for the patient. The tissue graft is sutured to the area of the missing gum to cover the root of the tooth.
After the surgery the patient can leave immediately. Recovery can take any time between few days to some weeks. Post-surgery care include prescription of pain relievers for the patient and the patient is advised to eat soft food.
Overall, a cosmetic gum surgery can have a dramatic effect on your life. Repairing and restoring your gums can help you regain better oral health and a more attractive smile.