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Visit Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS, at DentAlign NYC Today

If you’re less than confident about the appearance of your smile, DentAlign NYC can help. Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS, is a cosmetic gum reshaping specialist in New York City. Cosmetic gum reshaping is part of our dental services related to smile makeovers. During your initial consultation, we’ll examine your teeth and gums thoroughly, paying attention to the symmetry of your smile. If the line where your teeth meet your gums is disproportionate, it can create what is commonly referred to as a “gummy smile.” Every patient’s gum line is different. Some patients may have a high gum line, while others may have a low gum line. However, thanks to the marvels of modern dentistry, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted with gum contouring. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS.

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What Is Gum Reshaping? Is It Cosmetic or Medically Necessary?

Gum reshaping, or gum contouring, is a procedure involving the re-sculpt of your gum line. While this is typically done for cosmetic reasons, there are some instances in which a dentist may recommend this procedure for your oral health. If you have severe periodontal disease, we may suggest gum contouring as part of your treatment options to repair and regrow damaged gum tissue or to save an impacted tooth. Gum reshaping usually involves removing excess gum tissue from around your teeth for gum reduction or restoring gum tissue for patients already experiencing significant gum recession. Gum contouring after braces may be recommended to reshape your gum line and create a more symmetrical smile after receiving orthodontic treatment. Occasionally, gum reshaping may be suggested before restorative options, such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns, to produce superior results.

What Should I Expect During a Gum Reshaping Procedure?

Gum reshaping is an outpatient procedure, typically done during one visit with your periodontist or dentist. You shouldn’t feel a thing during the procedure, thanks to the local anesthesia used to numb your gums. During this laser gum treatment, Dr. Kakosian will use a soft tissue laser to reshape your gum line. The amount of time needed for laser gum surgery will vary depending on the extent of gum contouring involved, but the average procedure takes one to two hours. Please plan accordingly.

Is Gum Contouring Painful? How Long Is Recovery After?

Although local anesthesia keeps you from feeling pain during the procedure, you may experience minor discomfort, tenderness, swelling, and pain afterward. Gum contouring pain should subside with time and over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. You’ll need to amend your diet for the first few days, sticking to soft foods such as soup, applesauce, Jell-O, or yogurt. We may also suggest applying an ice pack to your mouth for a couple of days to reduce the swelling. While gum contouring healing time will vary according to how extensive your procedure was, we generally say to expect downtime and recovery to take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. We’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to see how well you’re recovering and to ensure there aren’t any signs of infection.

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What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Gum Reshaping Procedures?

Gum reshaping using laser gum treatment offers many benefits for patients of all ages, including:

  • Improves self-confidence in your smile
  • Reduces risk of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Reduces damage to surrounding tissues through precise lasers
  • Promotes faster healing and recovery by being minimally-invasive
  • Provides permanent, lasting results in as little as one visit

Are You a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Gum Contouring?

Wondering if gum contouring is right for you? Dr. Kakosian will evaluate your teeth and gums carefully to treat any underlying issues before making any cosmetic procedure recommendations. Check out our laser gum contouring before-and-after photos in our smile makeover gallery to see how we’ve helped others improve the appearance of their smile. You may also read reviews from former patients to see why we come so highly recommended for Invisalign® procedures, Zoom! teeth whitening, and many other dental services in New York City, NY. Located in the historic Chrysler Building, our practice offers complimentary consultations from experienced, caring dental providers.

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS

Cosmetic gum reshaping costs will vary by procedure and specialist. Unless they’re deemed medically necessary, dental insurance doesn’t usually cover the costs for cosmetic procedures. However, DentAlign NYC offers financial options to make it feasible for our NYC-area patients. Low-interest plans for up to 18 months are available through third-party lenders. You can apply in our office during your consultation and receive an immediate decision, so you know the costs of gum reshaping upfront. Contact us today for more details or to request an appointment!

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