Gum rejuvenation is a great cosmetic procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. However, many people don’t have it just as a standalone procedure–it’s often part of a comprehensive smile makeover that includes correcting other cosmetic problems that may be related to your receding gums or may be independent.

If you are combining gum rejuvenation with other cosmetic dentistry procedures, it’s important to consider timing.

Chicken and Egg Problem

Fotolia_50028263_Subscription_Monthly_MIf yoWhen combining cosmetic dentistry procedures there’s sometimes a very clear order of operations (example: get teeth whitening first so dental crowns and veneers can be matched to the whiter shade), but when it comes to gum rejuvenation and other restorations, there’s no good order. Either one can be done first. It’s just a question of timing.

On the other hand, if you need a root canal, it might be good to have that done first so that you can stop the infection sooner.

Supragingival Restorations

Supragingival restorations are ones that don’t descend below the gumline. The only disturbance that these restorations cause to the gums is from the vibrations and pressure that come along with preparing the tooth. Although this is relatively minor, it is not inconsiderable, and therefore it should not be done right after gum rejuvenation. A two-week waiting period is recommended.

Subgingival Restorations

Subgingival restorations are those that descend below the gum line. Many dental crowns and porcelain veneers do this to achieve maximum cosmetic and protective effect. This requires that the gum tissue be moved out of the way and subjected to a certain amount of pressure to ensure proper seating of the crown or veneer. It’s best to wait six weeks after gum rejuvenation before having this type of restoration placed.

If you have other questions about using gum rejuvenation as part of your smile makeover, please call 310-275-5325 in Beverly Hills or (949) 551-5902 in Orange County for a gum rejuvenation consultation.