Signs You May Need Gingival Sculpting

21 / 02 / 2023

Gingival sculpting treatment can be used for one of two reasons: one, the patient suffers from a naturally low or uneven gum line – a ‘gummy smile’ – or two, the patient suffers from gingival recession and are at risk of developing infections in their mouth. In either case, gingival sculpting, sometimes referred to as gum sculpting or gingival contouring, can be a helpful treatment which improves the aesthetic quality of patients’ teeth and helps patients regain confidence in their smile. 

How Does Gingival Sculpting Treatment Work? 

Gingival Sculpting for ‘Gummy Smiles’ 

In the instance a patient suffers a low or uneven gum line, a laser is used to remove and reshape uneven or low-hanging gum tissues at the front of the mouth. In some cases, if the bones surrounding the teeth are also uneven as a result of the gingival state then bone contouring can be performed using traditional dental tools. The result of this procedure is a set of healthy and natural-looking gums which produce a more-appealing smile that can boost confidence. 

Gingival Sculpting for Gingival Recession 

If the gums have begun to pull away at the teeth, leaving the roots exposed and open to bacterial growth, gingival sculpting involves folding back gum tissue, cleaning the roots of the teeth and smoothing them, then reattaching the gum tissue to the teeth. This leaves gums and teeth clean and at less risk of future infection and can also restore the aesthetic quality of the smile.  

During both procedures, local anesthetic is applied to numb the gums: preventing patients from feeling any pain. There is only minor discomfort involved in the procedure and no bleeding or stitches involved. 

Why Do I Need Gingival Sculpting? 

The primary reason for gingival sculpting is not to improve aesthetic quality. If gum conditions are left untreated they proliferate potential for plaque, calculus and bacteria to grow in between the teeth and gums. This can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss, which can be expensive to restore. However, gingival sculpting can indeed be employed as an aesthetic treatment to improve the appearance of a person’s smile. For example, a person with small teeth and large gums may wish to consult their local dentist about a gingival sculpting procedure to enhance their smile and gain more confidence about their looks. 

How to Care For Gums Post-Treatment? 

It’s best to follow your dentist’s directions after receiving a gingival sculpting procedure. You may be asked to avoid hard or crunchy foods for a few days following your treatment. To relieve pain and prevent infection, your dentist may recommend you take medication during this time. Some mild swelling may occur following surgery, so brush lightly for a few days after your procedure has taken place. 

Book an Appointment at Big Smiles Dental Today 

Gingival sculpting treatment can be absolutely essential for confidence and self-esteem. If you have any questions around gingival sculpting treatment, or if you are due for a check-up, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment at Big Smiles Dental today.