Posted on 12/10/2016 by Scholes Periodontics & Implants
Gum reshaping-also known as gum contouring-is a procedure whereby the gum line is shaped to change its appearance.
It is typically employed when your gums are too high on your teeth, although it can also be used if they are too low. Here are some things you should know about gum reshaping.
Gum Reshaping Is Usually Considered To Be A Cosmetic Procedure
This means that it is-in most cases-not medically necessary, meaning that insurance usually will not cover it.
It’s important to know going in what the costs will be, because chances are you will be paying them all yourself.
Gum Reshaping Is An Outpatient Procedure
This is not a major surgery, and you will be able to move around the same day. Typically, you will come into your dentist’s office and will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area of your gum that will be reshaping. It is much like getting a filling, in that we will keep you conscious and aware during the procedure.
Recovery Is Simple
After the procedure is finished, your dentists will spend some time going over your aftercare instructions. You can take over the counter painkillers such as Tylenol or Advil if you are experiencing any discomfort; however, you should avoid aspirin because it may cause your gums to bleed unnecessarily.
For a few days you will want to avoid eating any hard, crunchy foods. You’ll instead want to eat softer foods such as yogurt, eggs, and fruit smoothies. You need to give your gums time to heal up, and the cool temperature of the foods will feel good on the healing tissue.
Having your gums reshaped can sound like a frightening proposition, but it’s really not that bad. Contact our office today we will have you back on your feet in no time!