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Do You Need Gum Contouring? Read On to Find Out!

March 23, 2022
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Posted By: Toronto Lakeshore Dental Staff
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Do you have small teeth? Maybe they appear short and stubby when you smile? Or perhaps if you show a lot of gum tissue when you smile, you might feel like you have a "gummy" smile? If this is the case, you should know that there are solutions for "gummy smiles" that are efficient, effective, and can quickly reveal the smile you never knew you had!

What Is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring in Etobicoke is a simple and effective procedure Dr. Joo does with the dental laser to remove the excess gum tissue causing your smile's gummy appearance. Then, Dr. Joo carefully contours and shapes the gum around your teeth to create a more symmetrical, complete smile.

The dental laser gently removes excess gum tissue without cutting or suturing. The laser combines the precision of light and heat, which also sterilizes the areas where we remove gum tissue, making the healing process quicker and easier.

Healing and Self-Care After Gum Contouring Surgery

Using the dental laser for your treatment definitely accelerates the healing process; however, there are a few steps you can take at home to make your healing more comfortable and efficient:

  • Home Care: You should continue your home care routine during healing, but be very gentle and careful not to irritate your gums. Warm salt water rinses help soothe the area and eliminate food particles after meals.
  • Foods and Beverages: Cool drinks and ice cream will help soothe your gums after surgery. Avoid scorching foods and beverages. Also, avoid crunchy or spicy foods for at least a week since they can irritate the surgical site. Don't eat foods like strawberries or kiwi fruit that contain tiny seeds that could get under your gums and irritate them. Instead, soft foods like yogurt, eggs, and pasta should be on your menu for the first few days after your gum surgery. 
  • Pain Management: It's normal to feel a little discomfort the first few days after surgery. Over-the-counter pain medication can help manage pain during this time.

Contact Our Etobicoke Dental Office

Plan to limit your physical activity for a few days after gum surgery in Long Branch. Contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery process.