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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.

What is gum contouring?

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 that 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. 

What are the benefits of gum contouring?

  • Better gum-to-teeth ratio
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Improved smile symmetry
  • Improved oral health and hygiene
  • Improved self-confidence in your image
John F. Rink DDS, AAACD

What can I expect from 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.

Dr. Rink really focused on my concerns. Before the procedure, Dr. Rink's team made me feel SO comfortable! I am truly AMAZED at how great my teeth look!

A. Muhammad

Why choose Dr. Rink for gum contouring?

The Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry is a full-service dental practice focused on cosmetically enhancing the smile while improving oral health. Dr. Rink goes the extra mile to eradicate anxiety by providing patients with a spa-like setting and luxurious amenities, including 3D movies, noise canceling headphones, calming aromatic oils, and warm soothing towels. 

Dr. Rink’s passion for innovation has led him to acquire the most cutting-edge technology on the market, which helps to cut down on treatment times and reduce client discomfort. His warm, attentive bedside manner further enhances the patient sees and well-being. 

Dr. Rink is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receiving both his undergraduate and dental degrees. He is a member of the Charleston Dental Society, their American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

What will my recovery entail?

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.

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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