Cosmetic Gum Reshaping

Dr. Kwon

Gum Contouring NYC

When you come to 172 NYC Dental for a smile makeover, we look at the total architecture and symmetry of your mouth to develop a unique approach to your care. Sometimes straight, white teeth are not enough. Some of our patients have gum tissue that extends too far down, producing what is often called a “gummy” smile.  Overgrown gums can make you feel self-conscious, but cosmetic gum reshaping can help. At times the gum line is too high up making the teeth look too long. Gingival (gum) grafting techniques and sometimes Invisalign clear aligners efficiently solve this problem.

Our multispeciality dental practice includes a cosmetic gum reshaping specialist.  Dr. Jin Wang is a board-certified periodontist and implantologist. In his expert hands, the architecture of your gums develops into a harmonious curtain that blends with your teeth. This dental professional blends exquisite clinical excellence with the aesthetic sensibility of a true artist to produce beautiful results that will keep you smiling. Building a proper foundation of gum and bone tissue is essential before the beautiful porcelain restoration can be placed. “We can’t build a palace in a swamp”. Additionally, expert knowledge of smile design, such as high smile line development, golden ratios among teeth (1.6:1) is essential in developing the “Hollywood smile” that our patients desire. Beautiful, healthy, pink, tight, well-proportioned gums set the stage for our extravaganza, the placement of the porcelain restorations.

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Cosmetic Gum Reshaping

What Is Gum Reshaping?

Cosmetic gum reshaping, also known as gum contouring, is a treatment we provide for our NYC patients to improve the appearance of their gums and overall smile. During the gum reshaping procedure, we shape and reduce your gum tissue by gently removing it with a laser, scalpel, or surgical burr. The procedure is done under local anesthetic. Depending upon how many teeth are involved treatment time usually runs about an hour. Dr. Wang may prescribe analgesics like Advil or Tylenol post-surgery. Sometimes antibiotics are prescribed if there was an infection present.  Patients are instructed to place a cold compress on the surgical site (10 minutes on, ten minutes off) for the first 24 hours. They are advised to stay on a soft diet, such as egg white omelets, soup, pasta, and sashimi. Patients routinely return to work on the following day. Once in a while sutures will be placed to hold the tissue in a certain position.  Gum contouring can address several cosmetic concerns, such as:

  • Uneven gums. Bumpy or enlarged gums.
  • Overgrown gums.
  • “Gummy” smile.

For some patients, their medication (anti-seizure medications like phenobarbital) can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue. This affects your smile and can also make it difficult to maintain your oral hygiene. Gum reshaping addresses this, treating your gum tissue so that it returns to normal levels.

Before & After - Cosmetic Gum Reshaping

cosmetic gum reshaping
cosmetic gum reshaping

The Gum Reshaping Procedure

Gum reshaping is a relatively simple process with almost instantaneous results. Before your gum contouring procedure, Dr. Wang will go over every step of the treatment to ensure we find a technique that suits your situation. Once the tissue is removed it does not grow back. To ensure this result Dr. Wang will (when indicated) remove a tiny bit of the bone that surrounds the neck of the tooth.

Depending on your needs, our cosmetic gum reshaping specialist may use scalpels, lasers, or radiosurgery to achieve balanced, harmonious, and symmetrical results. We apply a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area and ensure a pain-free procedure. We also provide you with recommendations for your recovery process.  

For many patients, gum reshaping is just one part of their complete smile makeover. At 172 NYC Dental, we offer gum contouring in conjunction with many other cosmetic dental procedures, such as porcelain veneers or crowns, under one roof. Our team provides a coordinated approach to achieve your dream smile, with specialists handling each procedure.

Gingival Grafting

In cosmetic dentistry, our team has developed ratios as to the length and width of individual teeth and their relationship to one another. We call this the golden ratio (1.6:1) between the front centrals and the smaller laterals at their sides. We look at the midline of your mouth, which is an imaginary line between the two front teeth, separating the left from right sides of your mouth. We want to see perfect symmetry left to right almost a mirror image. We also look at the high and low smiles lines of your teeth. The low smile line is a line drawn through the incisal (tips) edges of your teeth. The high smile line is determined by the position of the gingiva (gum). We have discussed the treatment of too much gum (tissue). On occasion, the gum is too high up; making the tooth look too long. This throws off our cosmetic ratios. Dr. Wang has developed a very successful technique called gingival grafting. He uses a donor site in the patient’s mouth (usually from the palate) to add tissue where there is a deficiency.

The gingival tissue architecture greatly influences the final cosmetic result of our patient’s smile.

How Much Does Gum Reshaping Cost?

Depending on your needs, the total cost of gum reshaping varies. At 172 NYC Dental, we strive to make our cosmetic dental treatments as affordable as possible. However, for most patients, this is an elective procedure, so your dental insurance may not cover the cost of treatment. If there is pathology present such as gingivitis or periodontitis many insurance companies will then cover (in part) gingival surgery procedures. 

We do have a variety of finance options available if you cannot cover the cost of gum reshaping out of pocket. We accept health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). We also offer in-office payment plans and interest-free financing.

Learn More About Cosmetic Gum Reshaping at 172 NYC Dental 

If the shape or size of your gums makes you feel self-conscious, you can count on the multidisciplinary team at 172 NYC Dental for high-quality gum shaping. Schedule your free consultation for gum contouring today with our NYC office

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