Smile makeovers are complex cosmetic dentistry procedures that involve the coordination of numerous different procedures to counter multiple complaints you may have about your smile in order to get you the beautiful smile you desire.

But if you have receding gums that you want to correct, when will that be timed?

Chicken and Egg Problem

Figuring out the proper order for a smile makeover can be complicated. Sometimes we may know that it’s best to do one procedure first. A good example is that you probably want your teeth to be whitened before you get a dental crown or porcelain veneers so that these restorations can be matched to your teeth’s whiter color.

It also matters for gum rejuvenation if you’re getting orthodontic treatment like Invisalign. This should be done first, because it can lead to receding gums in rare cases. That way, gum rejuvenation will give you the results you’re looking for and not the results you’re looking for less a small amount of recession.

For other restorations, you can have them before or after gum rejuvenation, as long as you allow enough time. And how much time is enough depends on the nature of the restorations.

Supragingival Restorations

These are restorations that don’t go below the gumline. These restorations won’t directly disturb your gums, but the vibration from preparing your teeth can still contribute to detachment of newly placed gum tissue.

As a result, it’s best if you wait a couple of weeks before getting this kind of restoration.

Subgingival Restorations

These are restorations that actually go below the gumline. This is commonly done to get the most cosmetic results from either dental crowns or porcelain veneers.

When these restorations are placed, it’s necessary to push the gums back and away from the tooth, which can be significantly disruptive of your gum rejuvenation. To avoid losing progress from your gum rejuvenation, make sure to wait at least six weeks before having these after gum rejuvenation.

Not Sure What You Need?

On the other hand, you may not be sure which procedures are best for you, or how to time them. That’s okay: we can help. Please call (912) 234-8282 for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah.