Gum Reshaping in New York City, NY
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What is Gum Reshaping?
Gum reshaping, also known as periodontal reshaping, is performed in order to expose more of the tooth by removing excess soft tissue. This is often performed to reduce a "gummy smile." Gum reshaping does more than give you a more appealing smile, however; it can also improve oral health by reducing areas where bacteria like to linger. By eliminating some of this area, it reduces your chances of developing issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, and infections in the mouth. To learn more about gum reshaping in New York, NY, contact East Village Dental Center today.
Who is a Good Candidate for Gum Reshaping?
Gum contouring is often performed when an individual does not like the ratio of gums to tooth visible when smiling, speaking, or something else. If you want to correct the look of your smile by reducing the amount of visible gum you have, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. You may also be a good candidate for this procedure if you struggle with or are more prone to oral infections or gum disease. If you are interested in gum reshaping, give our Manhattan East Village location a call to meet with one of our periodontal dentists.
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What Happens During Gum Reshaping?
Gum contouring is performed in our New York City office. We utilize local anesthesia to help keep you comfortable during this procedure. We will start by cleaning and drying your teeth. Then we will use a state-of-the-art handheld laser to slowly cut away excess gum tissue. This process will be repeated until we provide a balanced gumline. The laser will seal the gums as it works, so bleeding is often minimal during treatment. Once finished, we'll clean your gums and you can get back to your normal everyday routine.
What is Recovery Like Following Gum Reshaping?
After your treatment, we'll provide you with a list of at-home care instructions. This will help you know how to properly clean your gums after treatment, as well as minor things about what you should or shouldn't avoid while you heal. If there are signs of an infection, we may prescribe you an antibiotic. It's likely that your gums may be somewhat swollen and red for a few weeks — this is normal, and you can expect this to subside slowly over time. Brushing and flossing can help ease the swelling and redness as well. It's important to maintain your routine appointments at our office so we can continue to monitor the health and wellness of your gums and other areas of your mouth.
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Does Insurance Cover Gum Reshaping?
Gum reshaping is typically considered a cosmetic treatment, so it's not usually covered by insurance. We will review your insurance policy and contact your insurance company to better understand your plan and see how we can maximize your benefits. We want to make it as easy as possible to achieve the smile you deserve, so we accept a variety of payment options and can help you find low-interest medical financing if needed.
Improve Your Smile and Enhance Your Oral Health
Gum reshaping is a periodontal procedure performed at East Village Dental Center. This can be performed to enhance an individual's overall look if they have a "gummy smile," or it can help reduce a person's chance of bacterial infections leading to gum disease, tooth decay, and more. If you'd like to improve your smile while also enhancing your overall oral health and wellness, contact our New York, NY office to learn more.