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When Should I Have A Gum Contouring Procedure?


Posted on 12/19/2022 by Watermark Dentistry
When Should I Have A Gum Contouring Procedure?Gum contouring also referred to as gum reshaping is a periodontal procedure that involves reshaping your gums and making them more aesthetically attractive. It is done on lips that seem to cover too much or little of your teeth or when they appear uneven and enhance your smile. This procedure may not be medically necessary hence you can opt for it to enhance the appearance of your gums and teeth.

What is an Appropriate Gumline


It is common to have gums that seem to be placed either too high or too low on your teeth, which makes your teeth look bigger or smaller and awkward. A gum contouring procedure is a cosmetic dental procedure that corrects this situation. The procedure involves some form of tissue sculpting to reshape the gums.

What to Consider Before Gum Reshaping?


This procedure provides a simple solution to enhance your smile. There are, however, various factors to consider before you decide to undergo the procedure.

Oral Health


It helps if your teeth and gums are healthy and you are not struggling with oral issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. If you do, first invest in treating the issues before you can go for gum reshaping.

The Cost


This procedure costs anything from $5 to $500 per tooth depending on the amount of work involved. If you need the procedure for cosmetic reasons, you can check with your dental insurance if it can cover it.

Cosmetic Needs


The procedure makes the teeth appear larger or smaller by shifting the gumline, however, it does not affect the shape and position of the teeth. It also does not affect the color of your teeth.

How is the Recovery from Gum Reshaping Like?


Gum reshaping can be a bit uncomfortable even with the local anesthetic administered by a dentist. You may require a day or two to rest depending on how painful your gums are. Gum reshaping takes a few days to a week to heal. During this time, consider consuming soft foods and stick to the dentist's instructions meant to care for the treated area. If you notice any sign of infection such as swelling or increased pain, please contact us immediately for help.
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