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Mark J. Williamson, DDS

3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 216
San Antonio, Texas 78230
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Gum Contouring

Just as the name implies, gum contouring involves removing excess gum tissue. Although there are a variety of different reasons why a patient may need gum contouring, the most common is a “gummy smile.” This condition occurs in patients whose gum tissue extends too far down the surface of their front teeth. As a result, the person’s smile exposes too much gum tissue and not enough tooth surface, producing what is commonly called a “gummy smile.” Dr. Williamson is pleased to offer gum contouring to his San Antonio, Texas patients.

The Gum Contouring Technique

There was a time, just a few short years ago, when removing excess gum tissue was a highly invasive procedure that required the dentist using a scalpel and sutures afterward. Needless to say, it took quite a bit of time to recover from that procedure. Fortunately, modern dental technology has changed all that. Today, Dr. Williamson and other dentists around the US are able to use a specially designed laser to remove gum tissue. This means much less discomfort (in fact, no discomfort whatsoever most of the time) for the patient, much less bleeding during the procedure, and a significantly shorter recovery period. Today, a gum contouring procedure to eliminate a gummy smile can typically be completed in a single trip to our office. And, after the gum tissue is healed, the result is a much more attractive smile for the patient!

Why Do Some People Have a Gummy Smile?

There are a variety of reasons why some people have a gummy smile. It’s possible that overactive muscles resulting in upper lip movement or a poorly developed upper jawbone could be the culprit. It could also be related to the size and shape of the patient’s lips. Whatever the cause may be, the good news is that Dr. Williamson can resolve the issue in a much faster and less invasive way that you might ever have believed possible – all thanks to modern laser technology.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Contouring

At Mark J. Williamson, DDS, we always take the time to answer your questions and concerns before we get started. Some of the most common questions that we get asked about gum contouring include:

Are the benefits of gum contouring, and why is it right for me?

One of the biggest benefits of gum contouring is that you can adjust the appearance of your gums when you smile. If you feel like your gums are too high or too low when you smile, gum contouring can be beneficial.

In addition, gum contouring can be helpful to you if your smile is uneven. When you smile in the mirror, do you feel like the teeth do not line up properly with your lips and gums? If so, gum contouring could be right for you. We can help you talk about this procedure, and we can customize it to meet your needs.

Are there any situations where gum contouring is medically necessary?

Ultimately, gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure. Therefore, you can probably survive without it; however, there are situations where we will recommend cum contouring as part of other oral health procedures. For example, if we need to treat gum disease, we may recommend gum contouring as a part of the treatment plan. 

Or, if we need to make more room for a dental crown, we may recommend gum contouring with this procedure as well. We will always explain exactly why we recommend gum contouring, allowing you to make the best possible decision for your needs.

Does gum contouring hurt?

No, gum contouring does not hurt. We will use mild anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. We will also answer any questions or concerns you might have before we get started. That way, you know exactly what to expect. 

You may feel a bit of pressure during the procedure, but you should not feel any pain. If you are ever uncomfortable, let us know, and we will do everything we can to make the necessary adjustments.

Where is this procedure performed?

Typically, this procedure is performed in a dentist’s office. We have a variety of tools and techniques we can use to make sure we offer this procedure to you in the comfort of our own office. You should not have to worry about making a drive to an operating room in a hospital for this procedure.

What should I expect during the gum contouring procedure?

There are several expectations you should have. First, before we get started, we will walk through the procedure with you. Even though there are several common steps, we always customize this treatment option to meet your needs. That way, we make sure we are providing you with the best service possible.

For example, we will probably draw a line with a pen to show you what you can expect your mouth to look like after the procedure. Then, you should also expect us to numb the area we are working on before we get started. This is important for keeping you comfortable. Finally, you should expect us to use the most advanced equipment in the industry to make sure we provide you with the best service possible. Count on our team to assist you.

Are there any risks that come with a gum contouring procedure?

Every surgical procedure comes with a few risks. Fortunately, the risks associated with this procedure are minimal. You should expect us to review all of the possible risks with you, but side effects and complications are highly unusual. For example, one of the risks has to do with anesthesia. It is unusual for people to have an allergic reaction to the anesthesia, but it is possible. Make sure you let us know if you have a history of allergies or have had an allergic reaction to Anesthesia in the past. That way, we can prepare appropriately.

It is also possible for people to get an infection in the mouth following the procedure. We follow all sterile techniques and recommendations to make sure we minimize the risk of any potential infection. If you would like to learn more about how we can reduce the chances of side effects and complications, reach out to us to talk to our team.

How much does this procedure cost?

Of course, we understand that you are working on a budget. We will do everything we can to make this procedure as affordable as possible for you. The cost of this treatment will depend on a wide variety of factors. 

For example, your dental insurance policy, the extent of the work that has to be done, and any other ancillary procedures you have performed at the same time will all play a role in the cost of the procedure. If you have questions about how much this procedure will cost, reach out to us ahead of time. You could be happy to work with you.

What is the recovery process like?

Once the procedure is done, you should plan on taking a day or two off from work. It is important for you to limit your activities as much as possible, as your gums will take some time to heal. Even though it will probably take a few weeks for your gums to heal completely, you should be able to go back to school or work after a day or two.

You should also expect your dentist to give you instructions that you need to follow during the recovery process. This could include eating only soft food, taking painkillers, and brushing gently in the immediate aftermath. Your dentist will also give you a list of complications you need to watch out for. If you see any of these issues, make sure you reach out to your dentist right away.

Contact Mark J. Williamson To Learn More About Gum Contouring

These are just a few of the most important points you need to keep in mind if you have questions about gum contouring. If you are looking for a way to improve your smile, gum contouring might be for you. Contact us today to make an appointment with our team. 

Contact Our Office Today

If you would like to repair your gummy smile, contact our San Antonio, Texas office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Williamson. Your new, more beautiful smile could be just a phone call away!