Your gum line contributes to the appearance of your smile making your teeth look beautifully aligned. There are some gumlines though that can have an adverse effect. These are the gumlines that exposed too much or too little of your teeth. Not only is this an unsightly issue, but gumlines that are not properly aligned with teeth can also cause infections and other oral diseases.
At our East Charlotte Dentist office, practitioner Dr. Stout can use Gum Contouring to correct this issue. Gum contouring, because it is safe and not invasive can be a very affordable option for those who want to improve their smile. Here’s what you should know about the procedure before making the decision to undergo.
Why is Gum Contouring Necessary?
Gum contouring is considered a cosmetic procedure. It is used to enhance the aesthetic aspect of your smile. However, Gum Contouring is sometimes necessary to improve the condition of your overall oral health. If you have pocket reduction or crown lengthening issues, Gum Contouring will be an inevitable part of your dental treatment.
Most insurance plans will not cover Gum Contouring when it has been designated as a cosmetic procedure. However, you can get a little assistance if it is done to treat or prevent a dental issue from occurring.
What to expect during and after Gum Contouring
The Gum Contouring procedure takes place in our Charlotte dentist office. The procedure may include the use of laser, radiosurgery, or scalpel. No fear though, we take time to explain the entire procedure to you before starting and address any of your concerns.
To make you more comfortable during the procedure, a local anesthetic or numbing agent may be applied to numb the treatment area. This will make it easier for both you and the doctor to get through the procedure.
The soft tissue laser is safe for the gums and other delicate tissues. Thus, there will be no worries about extra bleeding and pain during and even after the procedure. As there is no cutting, so no bleeding is involved.
How much does it cost?
The cost of this procedure varies based on its extension and complexity. Only the dentists can assess the cost accurately and give you an accurate estimate. On average, the cost may range from $600 to $2000 per tooth. Nevertheless, the exact amount will depend on the extension of the surgery.
Gum Contouring Aftercare
Your gums will be extra sensitive and can be even more vulnerable to infection if not properly cared for during aftercare. Therefore, extra care and attention will be required for at least the next few weeks following the completion of the procedure.
Good oral hygiene is an essential part of the aftercare process. Be sure to gently brush and floss daily until the pockets between the teeth are filled. These pockets are a trap for bacteria that can later cause serious infections so they must be cleaned. Using a gentle, cleansing mouthwash will also help a great deal.
If you are experiencing pain, using over the counter pain-relieving medications is likely to alleviate the issue. Dr. Stout will prescribe the appropriate remedies for pain relief if at all necessary. Take care not to use Aspirin as it can cause more bleeding from the Gum.
Try to eat soft foods like eggs, soft cheeses, and ice cream for a few days after the procedure. Avoid hot or spicy food since these foods will increase irritation and pain.
Things you should concern about
If you have sensitive gums, make sure you talk about it with Dr. Stout. He may use an anesthetic drug and prescribe different aftercare.
Cavities need to be treated differently during a Gum Contouring operation. In some cases, we may use a different method if you have open cavities in your teeth.