Reframe Your Smile with Gum Contouring 

If you are dissatisfied with your gummy smile or uneven gum line, Dr. John F. Rink offers gum contouring surgery at his Charleston, SC, dental practice. Dr. Rink can reshape your gums to create a more symmetrical appearance that frames your smile. Contact our practice today to learn how we can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.


Gum Contouring: An Overview

Performed to reshape a patient’s gum line, gum contouring surgery can be a cosmetic or restorative procedure. Cosmetically, the procedure can enhance gums that are low, high, or uneven, problems which can sometimes leave patients feeling self-conscious about their smiles. The cause of uneven tissue can include genetics, certain health conditions, and some prescription drugs.

Gum contouring falls under the category of restorative treatment when oral health issues threaten the gums. In the early stages of periodontal disease, gums can pull back from the teeth, leaving tooth roots exposed or elongated. Since this shift in gum line can lead to decay and tooth loss, gum contouring is recommended as a method of restoring recessed gums. 

The Procedure

Gum contouring surgery can be completed during a single, in-office visit. Depending on your particular case, we may use a scalpel or laser to perform the surgery. However, before the surgery begins, we will first determine where your new gum line should be, so that you can develop a sense of what the final result will look like.

Once the location of your new gum line has been chosen, you will receive a local anesthetic in the treatment area to ensure that any discomfort is minimized. Dr. Rink will then gently remove or add new tissue. We will review the details of your surgery with you at your consultation, so that you are fully informed of the procedure, technique, and recovery timeline.  

The Recovery

Recovery from a gum contouring procedure is relatively simple. After the surgery, patients should rest and limit activities for the rest of the day. It can take anywhere from several days to weeks for your gums to heal completely, but most patients experience only minimal discomfort during this time. Pain should not be an issue, and you should be able to resume normal activities.

After your procedure, Dr. Rink will explain how to best clean and take care of your teeth and gums, to reduce discomfort.

We will provide you with aftercare instructions specific to your case, but there are a few general guidelines you should follow:

  • Over-the-counter pain relief: Medications such as Tylenol and Advil are usually more than enough to manage any post-operative discomfort. However, patients should avoid aspirin, which thins the blood and can cause excessive bleeding.
  • Dietary restrictions: Soft and cold foods like eggs, pasta, yogurt, cottage cheese, soft vegetables, and ice cream can help soothe swollen gums. You should avoid spicy foods or foods with seeds until your gums have completely healed.
  • Gently clean your teeth: While you should maintain your regular flossing and brushing schedule, vigorous cleaning can irritate the gums or cause bleeding. After your procedure, Dr. Rink will explain how to best clean and take care of your teeth and gums, to reduce discomfort.

Contact Us Today

With a patient-centered and personalized approach, Dr. Rink and his staff take the time to get to know you and understand your needs. To schedule a consultation and learn about how gum contouring can help enhance your smile, contact us today

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