How Gum Reshaping Can Improve Your Smile

Gum reshaping is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that makes your teeth look longer and more prominent. It can also help fight tooth decay by removing excess gum tissue that traps food and allows bacteria to attack the teeth.

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A dentist or periodontist will use a scalpel or laser to remove excess gum tissue and reshape the remaining gum line. They will use sutures to slow bleeding, if needed.

Benefits

A cosmetic dental procedure, gum reshaping can improve the overall appearance of your smile. It can help correct issues such as a “gummy smile” and overgrown gum tissue that makes your teeth appear shorter or smaller. In addition, it can also be used to reduce the pockets that develop around your teeth as a result of gum disease.

The main benefit of gum contouring is that it can make your teeth look longer and more attractive. It is a relatively painless procedure, and the dental professional can use either a scalpel or a laser to remove excess tissue. The dental professional will numb the area with a local anesthetic before reshaping it, and the procedure usually takes no more than one visit to the dentist’s office.

Once the procedure is complete, you will need to stick to a soft diet of yogurt, soup and ice cream for a few days, as your gums will be tender. However, once the area has healed, you can resume your regular dietary habits.

Although gum reshaping can be used to fix both cosmetic and functional problems, it is important to consider the cost and your insurance coverage before pursuing this procedure. Since it is considered a cosmetic need, it might not be covered by your dental insurance policy. Additionally, if you have underlying oral health concerns, such as gum disease or tooth decay, it is best to focus on improving those first before considering this procedure.

Procedure

Unlike traditional gum contouring methods, which involved cutting and suturing gum tissue, this procedure uses a precise laser to trim away excess gum tissues. This results in less bleeding and no need for stitches. The procedure usually takes about one or two hours. It is performed while you are numb, so you will not feel any pain during the process. However, your mouth may feel sore and tender afterward. To help reduce discomfort, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. You can also apply an ice pack to the mouth for a few days.

The procedure is typically used to treat a “gummy smile” in which too much gum tissue covers the teeth, making them appear small and stubby. However, it can also be used to elongate the teeth and create a more balanced and proportional smile. During the procedure, the dentist will remove excess gum tissue and sculpt a new gum line to expose more of the teeth. The dentist will also trim the underlying tissue to create a uniform appearance.

After the procedure, you can resume your daily activities and eat normal foods. However, it is important to avoid eating anything hard or crunchy for a few days, as this will prevent the wound from healing properly. You should also use a mouthwash to reduce bacteria levels in your mouth and speed up the recovery process.

Cost

While it’s common to think that crooked teeth or stained veneers are responsible for smile flaws, the gum line also plays a large role in how your teeth look. When there is too much gum tissue covering your teeth, it can make them appear too short and create an unattractive ratio of tooth to gums. Gum contouring or gingivectomy is a corrective dental procedure that can remove excess gum tissue and sculpt the gum line to produce an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

The cost of gum reshaping will vary depending on how extensive the procedure is, what type of dentist performs it, and the location where it’s performed. For example, a periodontist will charge more than a general dentist to do gum contouring because they specialize in the gums.

Gum contouring is usually considered a cosmetic treatment but may be necessary in certain situations. If you have severe recession or your gums have grown over the top of your teeth, then gum reshaping surgery could help reduce the risk of cavities by exposing more of the tooth crown. Moreover, some anti-seizure medications like phenobarbital can cause an overgrowth of the gum tissue, making them appear puffy and distorted.

If you’re having gum reshaping done for medical reasons, then your dental insurance may cover part of the costs. You can check with your provider to see if they accept dental insurance and how to file for reimbursement. Alternatively, the CareCredit credit card is an excellent option to help you pay for treatments not covered by your dental insurance.

Recovery

Gum reshaping surgery can take anywhere from a few weeks to a month or more for healing depending on the extent of work needed. This is especially true if gum tissue is grafted or cut during the procedure. The healing process is faster if lasers are used rather than scalpels.

Swelling, bruising, and pain are all common for several days after the procedure. Using an ice pack and taking over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen can help ease discomfort. It is also important to avoid foods that require a lot of chewing, such as nuts or popcorn. Patients should also use a saline rinse made from a teaspoon of salt and eight ounces of water with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to keep the area clean and prevent infection.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile because of excess gum tissue or receding gums, Mark Arooni DDS can perform gum reshaping to create a more even and attractive gum line. Our dentists are highly experienced in this treatment and can give you a beautiful, refined smile! Contact our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!