Periodontal Reshaping Specialist

286 Madison Dental -  - Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

286 Madison Dental

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Midtown, New York, NY

If you’re unhappy with the look of your gum line, periodontal reshaping can improve your smile and your confidence. This is one of many services available from the team at 286 Madison Dental in Midtown, Manhattan. Learn more about how periodontal reshaping can transform your smile during a personalized consultation. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call New York City office to schedule an appointment.

Periodontal Reshaping Q & A

What is periodontal reshaping?

Periodontal reshaping, also called gum reshaping, is a procedure that alters the position of your gum tissue on the surface of your teeth. You can choose this approach as a cosmetic procedure or to improve periodontal health.

Cosmetic periodontal reshaping

Many men and women choose gum reshaping to improve a “gummy” smile. This occurs when your gum tissue sits low on the surface of your teeth, making them appear shorter and smaller than normal. Reshaping removes excess gum tissue to visually lengthen your teeth.  

Periodontal restoration

Advanced gum disease can create pockets where gum tissue has pulled away from the surface of your teeth. These pockets provide a place for bacteria to thrive, exacerbating gum disease. Reshaping removes excess gum tissue to close pockets and improve the attachment between teeth and gums.

Sometimes, patients undergo periodontal reshaping before having dental veneers or a dental crown installed. 

What happens during periodontal reshaping?

You receive numbing medication to help you remain comfortable during your procedure at 286 Madison Dental. Your practitioner begins by using a device to hold your lips away from your teeth.

Your dentist can accomplish gum reshaping using handheld dental instruments or a laser system. They discuss which option is right for you during your consultation. 

Once the treatment area is numb, your dentist begins removing small amounts of gum tissue to refine the shape of your gum line. In some cases, they must remove a portion of the bone at the front of the tooth roots to create an optimal shape. 

What is the recovery process like after periodontal reshaping?

You receive personalized recovery instructions from 286 Madison Dental prior to your procedure. Adhering to these guidelines is a critical part of a successful recovery. 

You can control post-procedure discomfort with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, but it’s important not to take aspirin as it can increase bleeding. 

Choose cool, soft foods for the first few days after periodontal reshaping. Yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, and smoothies are all good options. 

Brush your teeth as directed by your dentist. Avoid placing undue pressure on your gums as they heal. If you use mouthwash as part of your normal dental hygiene routine, consider switching to a brand that does not include alcohol to avoid discomfort. 

Fortunately, the gum tissue heals incredibly quickly. You can enjoy your new gum line within a short period of time following periodontal reshaping. 

During subsequent dental exams, the dental team checks on your gum tissue and advises you if there are any signs of developing gum disease that needs addressing. 

Periodontal reshaping begins with a one-on-one consultation and exam at 286 Madison Dental, which you can book today online or over the phone.