What is the name of the technique for correcting a gummy smile? How long is the recovery? Is it painful? – Jamie N.
Jamie – A gingivectomy removes overgrown gum tissue and makes your teeth look longer. It also is healthier for your teeth, because it makes teeth and gums easier to clean. The terms gum contouring or gum lift are also used to describe the removal of excess gum tissue.
Before the procedure, topical anesthetic will be applied and a local anesthetic will be injected in your gums. Laser dentistry helps make a gingivectomy easy, fast, and virtually pain free. Bleeding and swelling after the procedure are minimal.
Your gums may be sore for a few days after treatment. During recovery, you will eat soft foods that are not hot to avoid irritating your gums. In about a week, the swelling and discomfort will gradually decrease.