Gum aesthetics refers to the appearance of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. A person’s gum tissue can have a significant impact on their overall smile and oral health, and many people seek aesthetic treatments to improve the appearance of their gums. These treatments may include procedures such as gingival reshaping or gingival reshaping, which involves removing excess gingival tissue to expose more of the tooth and create a more balanced and symmetrical gingival line. Other treatments, such as gum whitening, can be used to lighten the color of the gum tissue and improve its overall appearance.
How is Gum Aesthetics Applied?
Gum aesthetics is typically performed with cosmetic dental procedures such as gingival reshaping. These procedures should be performed by a dentist or periodontist (a dental specialist who focuses on the health of the gums and the structures that support the teeth).
During the gum shaping or reshaping procedure, the dentist or periodontist will carefully remove excess gum tissue using a laser or scalpel. The amount of tissue removed will depend on the person’s specific needs and goals for their smile. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort.
After the excess tissue is removed, the dentist or periodontist will shape and contour the remaining gum tissue to create a more balanced and symmetrical gum line. In some cases, the dentist may also need to reposition the gum tissue to better frame and highlight the teeth.
Gum aesthetic procedures can be performed alone or in combination with other cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening or veneers. The overall goal of these procedures is to improve the appearance of the gums and create a more attractive and healthy-looking smile.
To Whom Is It Applied?
Gum aesthetics procedures, such as gum contouring or gum reshaping, can be applied to anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their gum tissue. These procedures are commonly performed on individuals who have gums that are overly prominent or uneven, as well as those who have gum recession (where the gum tissue has pulled back from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth root).
In some cases, gum aesthetics procedures may also be recommended for individuals who have misaligned teeth or other structural issues with their bite, as correcting these issues can improve the overall appearance of the gums and smile.
Gum aesthetics procedures are typically performed by a dentist or periodontist. It is important for individuals considering these procedures to consult with a trained and experienced dental professional to ensure that the treatment is safe and appropriate for their specific needs and goals.
What is the Post-Treatment Process?
The post-treatment process for gingival shaping and gingival aesthetic procedures will vary according to the person and the procedure performed. However, there are some general guidelines individuals can follow to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
After gingival aesthetic procedures, the treated area may swell, become sensitive and/or numb. It is important that the dentist or periodontist gives instructions for managing any discomfort and swelling that may include taking over-the-counter pain medications, applying ice packs to the area being treated, and avoiding spicy or acidic foods.
It is important to carefully follow the dentist’s or periodontist’s instructions to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. This includes avoiding strenuous physical activity, gently brushing and flossing the teeth, and avoiding smoking or using tobacco products.
Although it may take several weeks for the treated area to fully heal, most people will be able to return to their normal activities within a few days after the procedure. The dentist or periodontist should give specific instructions for the care of the treated area during this time, and it is important that you see your dentist for a checkup to monitor the healing process and ensure the treatment is successful.