Gum Recontouring

Gum recontouring or Gingivoplasty is a type of gum surgery used to reshape healthy gum tissue around teeth. This procedure is usually done when there is too much gum tissue around your teeth. Some people don’t like how this looks and want to have it removed.

Advantages:

  • Improves the esthetics of the teeth
  • Makes small teeth look bigger

Disadvantages:

  • Requires a surgical procedure
  • In some cases will require the reduction of bone and gum

It also can make teeth and gums hard to keep clean. In severe cases, this condition can interfere with chewing and speech. Excess growth of gum tissue can be caused by certain medicines. Sometimes there is no apparent cause.

Gingivoplasty often is done simply to make gums look better. They may have an unusual shape or may not be formed normally. The causes can include a person’s genes, disease or trauma. Gingivoplasty reshapes the gums to make them look more natural.

Before your appointment, you should receive a thorough cleaning to remove any bacteria or tartar around the teeth. On the day of the procedure, Dr. Hernandez will use a small amount of local anesthetic to numb the gums. The procedure usually takes between 15 to 30 minutes.

After the procedure, we may give you prescriptions for pain medications and an antiseptic mouthwash. Post-operative discomfort is usually minimal and lasts only a few hours to 1 to 2 days.

It is important that you follow the doctors recommendations to avoid spicy or acidic foods during the first week and maintain ideal oral hygiene.

Patient Treatment Videos: Gingivectomy