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What to Expect From Your Gum Contouring Surgery

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If you are thinking about gum contouring surgery in Los Angeles, also known as crown lengthening, there are a few things you might like to know to help you prepare. At the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam, DDS and Dr. Alina Krivitsky, DDS will help you be as comfortable as possible as they perfect your smile. If you are hesitant about possible pain, or the thought of surgery makes you uncomfortable, make sure to ask about IV Sedation Therapy to help you relax during the procedure.

Gum contouring consists of reshaping the gum around your teeth. It can be used to fix a gummy smile, fix uneven gum lines, or add to the loss of gum tissue between your teeth or when your roots are exposed. No matter which reason for your surgery, you will come out with a beautiful and confident smile.

What to Expect

Periodontists now use lasers to cut away the excess gum tissue that can make your teeth appear short and create a “gummy smile.” This allows the procedure to be only about an hour with minimal pain, a short recovery time, and no stitches or bleeding. Local anesthetic is placed on the gums before the surgery to help you not feel any pain.

Benefits of Gum Contouring Surgery

With the precision of the laser, the periodontists in Los Angeles can carefully take away the unwanted gum tissue and leave you with a more even gum line and longer looking teeth. After this quick procedure, you will come out of the office with more confidence and will no longer have to be self-conscious about your smile. Your teeth will look longer and your gums even on your teeth. You are going to love the result!

Recovery after Gum Contouring Surgery

Usually gum contouring surgery only takes one day of recovery. However, it isn’t uncommon to have some swelling and discomfort. You may also need to eat softer foods for a few days to allow your gums to heal completely. Make sure you follow Dr. Aalam’s and Dr. Krivitsky’s directions of what to do to help with minor discomfort and how to brush your teeth following the surgery.

Risks of Gum Contouring Surgery

With crown lengthening being a surgery, there are some risks involved, although they are quite minimal. You may experience some swelling or bleeding, and infection is extremely rare. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky will be sure to go over all the risks and the recovery process with you.

Expert Gum Contouring Specialists

If you haven’t scheduled a consultation with Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivistsky about reshaping your gums, make sure you call 310-826-8242 to schedule an appointment today! The CENTER is dedicated in making you feel comfortable and giving you the best skill and care. You will love the result of your new smile!

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