What Is Gum Reshaping?

Gum reshaping is a cosmetic dental procedure that resculpts the gum line to make teeth look longer and symmetrical. It is performed by periodontists or dentists using scalpels or lasers.

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Those considering this treatment should ensure their oral health is good before having it done. They should also be prepared to eat only soft foods like yogurt, soup, applesauce or ice cream for a few days.

Aesthetics

Gum reshaping is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the appearance of your smile. It involves removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth surface and make the teeth look longer. The procedure is typically painless and can be performed using a soft tissue laser or scalpel. You may experience some mild discomfort after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. The dentist will also provide post-procedure instructions, such as icing the mouth and steering clear of hard or spicy foods.

While most people focus on the condition of their teeth, the shape and color of their gums is just as important. Uneven or crooked gums can hide beautiful teeth and leave you with an unsightly smile. Fortunately, the experienced team at Mark Arooni DDS can help you achieve a balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile with an aesthetic gum lift.

In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, gum contouring can help prevent problems like bacterial buildup and decay. Often, gums that cover too much of the teeth are difficult to clean properly, leading to bacteria, plaque, and tartar accumulation. This can lead to periodontal issues, which can be corrected by reshaping the gum tissue and allowing more of the natural tooth to be exposed. Aesthetically, a more proportional gum-to-tooth ratio will boost your confidence and self-esteem.

Health

Gum reshaping is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, but it can help with several dental issues. One of the most common issues is a low gum line, which makes your teeth appear smaller and causes an uneven smile. Gum reshaping can correct this and give you a more confident smile. It can also prevent underlying dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease by preventing bacteria from gathering under the gum tissue.

The procedure is usually done in the dentist’s office, and you will be given local anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain during the process. It may take up to two hours, and you should expect some tenderness in the gum area afterward. You can use over-the-counter aspirin-free pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to manage your discomfort.

During the procedure, the dental professional will use a soft tissue laser to remove any extra gum tissues that are causing an uneven smile. This method is much less painful than using a scalpel. In some cases, the dentist might need to graft gum tissue from another part of your mouth to cover any gaps caused by receding gums. If this is the case, you will need to stay on a soft diet for a few days afterward to allow the gums to heal properly.

Safety

As with any surgical procedure, gum contouring can carry some risks. These include infection and a temporary period of discomfort, depending on the extent to which the gum tissue was removed or reshaped. However, these risks are minimized by following the dentist’s instructions during the recovery process.

Gum reshaping is typically done for cosmetic purposes, but can also be used to treat gum disease, especially in cases where antibiotics and dental cleanings aren’t helping. The procedure involves removing or resculpting the gum tissue to expose more of your teeth, which can make your smile look healthier and brighter.

Before the procedure begins, the dentist will usually apply an anesthetic to numb your gums so that you won’t feel any pain during the reshaping or removing process. Occasionally, the dentist will also remove tissue from another part of your mouth and graft it to your gums, in order to reshape and lengthen them.

After the procedure, your gums will probably be tender and swollen. To help alleviate this, your dentist may recommend using a pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, which can be found in many over-the-counter medications. They may also recommend applying a cold compress or an ice pack to the area. This will reduce the swelling and inflammation, allowing you to recover more quickly. As the area heals, you will notice that your new, reshaped gum line gives your smile a more balanced appearance and exposes more of your natural teeth.

Cost

Gum contouring is considered a cosmetic procedure, and thus, it’s typically not covered by dental insurance. It can cost between $50 and $500 per tooth to remove and sculpt gum tissue, depending on the extent of the work required. It’s also common for dentists to pair the treatment with other cosmetic procedures such as veneers ($500-$1,000+ per tooth), dental bonding, or crowns ($1,000-$3,000+ for each tooth). These additional fees can add up and drive up your overall costs.

A skilled and experienced dentist will use a scalpel or laser to trim away excess gum tissue and reshape the gum line. The procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t require sutures. Patients can expect mild discomfort after the procedure due to numbness and swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help ease discomfort.

When paired with other cosmetic treatments, gum reshaping can give you a more balanced smile that looks healthy and attractive. However, it’s important to consider whether this type of procedure is right for you before committing to the process. If you have underlying oral health issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, gum reshaping isn’t the best solution and could make your symptoms worse. You should also talk to your insurance provider to see if the procedure is covered under your plan.