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What is the recovery process after gum contouring?

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The day of your gum contouring surgery, you should rest and limit your activities. It may take a few days or weeks for your gums to heal completely. Your dentist will give you specific directions about what you need to do to aid the recovery process. Here are some general tips to get you through the recovery period:

If you have a lot of swelling or bleeding, or if you have any questions following the procedure, call your dentist.

  • Ease pain by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Advil, as directed by your dentist. Don't take aspirin, which can cause bleeding.
  • Eat soft, cool foods, such as eggs, pasta, yogurt, cottage cheese, soft vegetables, and ice cream, for the first few days after surgery. Avoid spicy foods and anything with seeds until your gums have healed completely.
  • Follow your dentist's directions on when and how to brush your teeth during the healing process.

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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