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What can you expect during gum contouring?

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Gum contouring surgery is done in your dentist's office. Before surgery, your doctor should go over what he or she will be doing during the procedure. Often, dentists will use a special pen to mark the new gum line. That way, you can see exactly how much gum will be removed or how your gum line will be reshaped.

A local anesthetic may be applied to numb the area. Sometimes, bone at the front of the tooth's root must also be removed during gum contouring to get the best long-term results.

From: Gum Contouring WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cosmetic Dentistry Guide: "Gum contouring -- for the 'gummy smile.'"

American Academy of Periodontology: "Periodontal Surgery," "Periodontal Plastic Procedures."

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry: "Dental Procedures -- Gum Lifts."

Hugh Flax, DDS, 2010-2011 president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

SOURCES:

Cosmetic Dentistry Guide: "Gum contouring -- for the 'gummy smile.'"

American Academy of Periodontology: "Periodontal Surgery," "Periodontal Plastic Procedures."

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry: "Dental Procedures -- Gum Lifts."

Hugh Flax, DDS, 2010-2011 president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

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