“I don’t like my gummy smile.” “I don’t like my smile because my teeth appear short.” These are just a few of the many reasons patients seek gum recontouring treatment. At Pinnacle Dental, our team of experts knows that excess gum tissue can cause more than an unpleasant appearance. It can also put patients at an increased risk for gum disease. With the help of a soft tissue laser, they can safely, quickly, and painlessly remove unnecessary tissue and reshape the gum line to create a more even and pleasant aesthetic. If you want to learn more about this unique cosmetic solution and how you can find out if you are eligible, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Gum recontouring is a cosmetic procedure that involves reshaping the gum line. When a person’s smile is “gummy” or uneven, this type of treatment can remove excess gum tissue and create a balanced, more beautiful aesthetic.
To start, you will schedule a consultation with one of our highly-trained and skilled dental professionals. After examining your smile and crafting a personalized treatment plan, they will schedule your procedure.
On the day you undergo gum recontouring, your cosmetic dentist in Braintree will administer a mild local anesthetic to numb your gums and ensure you a comfortable throughout the procedure. Using a soft tissue laser, which is designed to minimize swelling and bleeding, they will begin to remove unnecessary gum tissue. As the laser moves along the gum line, it will cauterize the tissue, preventing excess bleeding.
Once our team has properly sculpted the area and are pleased with the results, you will see a noticeable difference in your smile’s overall aesthetic.
If you have gums that are uneven or in excess and causing a “gummy” smile, you might be eligible for gum recontouring. It is also possible if you have a receding gum line and your teeth are “too” exposed. During your consultation with one of our dental experts, they will examine your smile in its entirety to determine if you are a qualified candidate.
Depending on the severity of your problem, gum recontouring costs can vary. It is highly unlikely that you will spend the same amount as another patient since everyone’s smiles are different. Because this type of procedure can be used for both cosmetic and medical procedures, it may or may not be covered by insurance.
If you are looking considering gum recontouring for cosmetic reasons, you will need to find an alternative way to pay your out of pocket expenses, as most dental insurance companies do not cover this type of procedure. However, if you need it for medical purposes (i.e. periodontal therapy or crown lengthening), it may be possible that your insurer will cover at least a portion of the overall cost.
Once your gum recontouring procedure is complete, it will be necessary to continue practicing good oral hygiene. Although your gums may be somewhat tender, you will still need to brush and floss, but just remember to be more gentle than usual. Doing these tasks too hard can result in serious irritation and possible bleeding that can cause an infection.
You will also need to use a gentle mouthwash to rinse your mouth and kill many of the germs in your mouth. Opt for one that contains no alcohol to avoid irritating your sensitive gums.