What is Gum Recession?

Cosmetic troubles may be unnecessary to correct, but problems stemming from gum recession are especially important to deal with. Gum recession occurs from poor oral habits, and a condition called periodontal disease which slowly destroys all the supporting tissues of the teeth, eventually making them fall out. This is why if you notice your gums becoming recessed over time, then it is important to schedule a dental examination. Dr. Brandon Smith will give you a full oral examination to determine whether you will require, or qualify for treatment.

Gum Graft Procedure

If your gums are receding, you can get a procedure called a gum graft. Using tissue from the healthy gums or roof of the mouth, Dr. Smith can add onto your existing healthy gums and build them up or down. If you think you require this type of treatment, Dr. Smith can help determine the best course of treatment for your situation during a consultation.

What is Gum Recontouring?

Gum recontouring is a procedure that is done when your gums are either too low or too high on your teeth. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is sometimes called gum reshaping and it can fix the proportion of your gums and teeth.

Why Have Gum Recontouring Treatment?

There are a number of reasons that people have trouble with the length of their gums. These can include:

  • Genetics – Having gums that go too far down on your top teeth, or too far up on your bottom teeth, makes some people feel inadequate about their appearance.
  • Health problems – Some health issues can cause gum tissue to degrade.
  • Medications – Certain medications can affect your oral health. If there is any outlined risk of this in your medications, it is a good idea to speak with Dr. Smith.
  • Oral Health – Gum disease or periodontal disease can also make gums deteriorate over time, leaving teeth looking unnaturally long.
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Traditional Gum Recontouring:

Traditional gum recontouring is a surgical procedure. It is performed for either lengthening too short gums due to oral health issues, or to decrease the amount of gum line for cosmetic reasons. Traditionally, gum recontouring involves a scalpel and starts by shaving off the tissue bit by bit to expose more teeth. Then, Dr. Smith places a crown under the new gumline.

Laser Gum Recontouring:

Laser gum recontouring replaces the scalpel with a laser and makes the whole experience a lot easier for both patient and Dr. Smith. The laser is used to cut away excess gum tissue and can make much more precise lines. It also leads to less bleeding during and after surgery as well as less pain. Laser gum recontouring tends to work best for people who have anxiety over dental visits and procedures. There are no loud noises or drilling sounds, and with anesthesia, there will be no pain during the recontouring surgery.

What is the Recovery from a Gum Recontouring Procedure?

Healing time varies depending on the amount of tissue that was removed but can take days or weeks. Recovery from traditional gum surgery requires a few days rest, along with a liquid or soft food diet, until gums completely heal. However, the healing time for laser gum recontouring is drastically decreased. In fact, most people find that after laser surgery they feel fine, and only need one or two days rest at most. During your consultation, Dr. Smith will tell you how long you’ll need to recover.


If you are interested in learning more about gum recontouring and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (304) 754-8803 to schedule a consultation at our office in Hedgesville, WV.

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