Gummy Smile Correction FAQs: Treatment, Cost & Maintenance

What will be the cost of gummy smile treatment?

The type of crown lengthening treatment, the requirement of sedation, and the number of teeth would determine the treatment cost. Moreover, the benefits of your insurance plan would determine the price of your procedure. You can schedule a consultation with us to determine the ideal treatment for you and then check with your insurance coverage. You can approach us for any questions you might have. Our team is here to serve you.

Will my insurance cover my gummy smile treatment?

Either your dental or medical or both might cover your crown lengthening treatment based on the reason for your need for the treatment. You can call your insurance agency and discuss your insurance benefits; we can help you in doing the same. If you have any other questions, you can always reach out to us.

What diet should I eat after gummy smile treatment?

Soft and easily chewable foods are recommended for patients during the recovery period. Hard, oily, spicy, and acidic foods should be avoided along with any nuts or seeds. When chewing, patients are told to use the side of their mouth opposite the surgical site. We would also recommend refrainment from smoking and alcohol. Both alcohol and smoking might delay healing.

How painful is gingival contouring?

Dr. Adatrow will give local anesthesia to keep you from experiencing any pain. However, after the anesthetic wears off, you might experience some pain or discomfort, which can be managed by taking over the counter analgesics or painkillers.

Will there be bleeding and swelling after gum reshaping?

Swelling and bleeding can occur within the first 24-48 hours of bone or gum graft surgery. Patients should apply a cold, moist washcloth to the surgery site to control this swelling and bleeding. In 20-minute intervals, this should be used with gentle pressure. It is preferable to avoid hot food and drinks for the first 24 hours after surgery. Patients should also avoid actively rinsing their mouths during this initial day-long duration. Ignoring these guidelines can cause bleeding to persist.

Will there be sensitivity after esthetic crown lengthening?

Teeth near the surgical site will be sensitive to extreme temperatures (hot or cold) for a brief duration of several weeks after surgery. This should gradually decrease as the surgical site recovers, with the crown, bridge, or implant offering more relief. In the meantime, it is crucial to avoid over-hot or cold food and drinks.

What measures should I take after gummy smile treatment?

Take the following measures after undergoing a crown lengthening (gummy smile treatment) procedure:
  1. Rest for 48-72 hours after the treatment.
  2. Sleep in a reclining position of 45 degrees by placing pillows under your head. This helps to reduce the swelling.
  3. Ice packs – put ice packs on the sides of your face, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. It is essential to apply ice packs for the first two days after the surgery to help with swelling.
  4. Take your prescription medications as instructed.
  5. You may feel weird because of the anti-anxiety medicine you took before the operation. It usually subsides within 24 hours, but sometimes it can last up to 1 week.
  6. Don't eat until the anesthesia is worn, as you can bite your lips, cheek, or tongue, causing harm. You will have some discomfort when the anesthesia is gone.
  7. Stop smoking, which can be difficult, but your doctor will help you develop a plan that works for you.
  8. Stop using a straw until your mouth is fully healed
  9. For the first few days, stick to soft foods
  10. Avoid physical exercise following surgery
  11. Adjust your gaze periodically
  12. After 24 hours, clean your mouth with saltwater.

Can I decide the number of teeth I would like to undergo gum recontouring treatment?

The number of teeth needed to be treated would be decided based on factors like your anatomy, bone density, bone structure, the health of the oral tissues, amount of gum exposure, length of dental crown exposure, and medical history. Professionals have expertise in deciding the treatment plans. Dr. Adatrow has been doing dental implant surgery for more than 17 years. So, he would ensure that he gives you the best treatment with all his expertise to ensure you have your beautiful smile back.

What is the duration of healing of dental esthetic crown lengthening?

The total recovery period after crown lengthening will usually be about three months. However, no more than 2 or 3 days of rest is required. If your career involves a lot of physical pressure and exercise, you may need to take a few days off work.

What are the risks of esthetic crown lengthening?

The only risk of undergoing crown lengthening is developing an infection at the site of the surgery. However, this can be avoided by proper oral hygiene and following postoperative instructions provided by our dental team.

How should I maintain the site of gum reshaping?

Proper oral hygiene after the lengthening of the crown is crucial. Patients should clean their whole mouth after meals and snacks. A gentle brush should be used, and patients should be careful not to brush the surgical site. Antiseptic mouthwash is usually recommended for use in the cleaning process.

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