Gum Contouring Recovery Time – Everything You Need to Know

July 12th, 2016

Concerning Laser Gum Contouring Procedures and Recovery Times

There are several reasons why patients decide to undergo the gum contouring procedure that is offered at Dr. Marsh’s office, also known as a gum lift or cosmetic gum procedure.

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Some individuals have decided that their gums rest too low in their mouth, meaning that more of the teeth are exposed to view – giving the visual impression of long teeth. Receding gums due to age factors are different from low gums due to genetics or periodontal disease.

Others have decided that their gums are too high for their mouth and teeth – presenting the appearance that their teeth are too small. This is also a condition that can arise due to genetics, as well as from health problems and even certain prescription drugs.

This can be an embarrassing condition for patients, who find themselves uncomfortable smiling and laughing in public due to their appearance. Still others find that their gum line is not symmetrical – uneven gum tissue causes some teeth to look smaller or larger than others due to uneven gingival margins.

From a cosmetic perspective, all three scenarios present teeth and smiles that are not aesthetically pleasing. Even if the gum line discrepancy is barely discernible to others, the individual patient is aware of their smile’s deficits and this can lead to depression, low self-esteem, and even complications in relationships.

The good news is, gingival recontouring – otherwise known as cosmetic gum reshaping – is a remarkably simple cosmetic dental procedure that can be performed right in Dr. Marsh’s office.
Accomplished in the past using scalpels, cosmetic gum surgery with Dr. Marsh features the use of a diode laser or a radio surgery unit. The tissue heals very quickly and also with very little discomfort. Gum contouring, done with the latest techniques, including both the diode laser or radio waves, can improve one’s appearance, smile, and tooth proportions, resulting in a very significant and satisfying result for the dental patient!

Gum Contouring Recovery Time and Helpful Hints

When preparing for your gum lift or gum reshaping with Dr. Marsh, it’s a good idea to limit your activities and to rest the day of your procedure. Being in a relaxed state and refreshed will help your body to heal more easily, and also puts your mind in a good state before the procedure.

After the procedure is completed, it is important that the patient take care of the area that was treated to improve the speed and efficacy of healing.

The most practical, and most easily done, is the use of a saline rinse; a teaspoon of salt is added to eight ounces of warm water and a capful of hydrogen peroxide.  It is best used after a meal or snack to help clean off the debris/residue, though there is no limit to the amount of times it can be used. If there is any tenderness, Advil/Motrin may also be used, assuming that the patient is able to take either of these medications.

There may be occasional “scabbing,” with the tissue coming off as the area heals.  This is very natural and will not change the appearance of the treated area.

Some good general tips for your recovery period – which can vary from a a week to 10 days depending on your body’s healing speed – include:

  • Follow Dr. Marsh’s specific directions on how to brush your teeth, and when to brush them, during your recovery period.
  • Avoid spicy foods and food items containing seeds until your gums completely heal. Kiwi, popcorn, poppy seeds and other small seeds can get under your gums while they are healing and this can complicate the healing process.
  • Soft, cool foods are advised for consumption for several days. Food such as yogurt, eggs, pasta, soft vegetables and ice cream will be gentle on your gums as they recuperate.

Interested in Laser Gum Contouring or Reshaping with Dr. Steve Marsh?

We are here for you and can discuss laser gum contouring or any other cosmetic dental procedure you’re interested in pursuing. Please contact us here to get started. You can also learn more about Dr. Marsh’s gum contouring/gum lift procedure on this informative website page.

Worn Crowns? Upgrade to Porcelain for a Brilliant Smile

June 27th, 2016

If your older crowns are looking worn or if the metal is showing, it may be time to look at cosmetic porcelain crowns. These all-ceramic restorations look great and function beautifully. They can be used as replacements, individually, or splinted together as part of a bridge; they can even be used with implants to give you a complete smile.

We use a digital impression machine to enhance comfort during the process.

Our patients gain confidence and comfort. View a video interview with a patient and see the result of our cosmetic work.

More information can be found on our website or at the website GoldenOpportunities.TV, where Dr. Marsh and our office are featured experts on cosmetic dentistry, here in Cleveland and over all of Ohio!

Celebrate Father’s Day With Cleveland Teams & Cleveland Smiles!

June 17th, 2016

This Sunday should be a great day to celebrate with our Dads. The Cleveland Indians play in the afternoon and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the evening (as if you needed a reminder!).

Cleveland Smiles Father's Day

If you need something to do in the morning, please join us at 11:30am to watch our “Salute to Dads” (and their teeth) on NBC/channel 3’s “Golden Opportunities.”
Here at Cleveland Smiles, we wish all of our fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers a wonderful day – and an even better night!

Go Cavs! Go Tribe!

Improve Your Smile for the Summer

June 13th, 2016

Summer is nearly upon us here in Cleveland, and what a wonderful time it is to take care of your smile! Both cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers can enhance your look, whether you’re graduating, going to school in the summer or fall, or even going to a Cleveland high school or Ohio college reunion.

If you want to vastly improve your smile, Porcelain Veneers are an astute investment considering they can last for 12-25 years.

Give Karin or Alysia a call at (440) 461-1003, or fill out our contact form to get appointed!

Watch Dr. Marsh discuss proper tooth care, bridge work and veneers

How Long Do Veneers Last?

June 3rd, 2016

How Long Do Veneers Last When Applied to Teeth?

That’s a very important question and one we are often asked by our Cleveland and northeast Ohio dental patients. After all, if you’re paying for a cosmetic dentistry procedure and your smile is on the line, you want to make sure that you’re getting a good value for your investment, and one that lasts for a good amount of time without complications or hassles. Fortunately, dental veneers are one of the most striking and effective cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your smile, and they truly work.

Many of our readers may be unfamiliar with the exact nature of veneers, however, so let’s address two basic topics before we answer the big question on how long dental veneers last for users.

How Long Do Veneers Last Normally?

Porcelain veneers definitely last longer than composite veneers – up to three times as long according to some sources. Composite veneers also have the potential to chip at times and must then be repaired, while porcelain veneers rarely need maintenance once they have been applied to a patient’s teeth. Normally, composite resin veneers will last four to eight years for most patients.

Porcelain veneers will last 12 to 25 years – quite a difference in terms of longevity, though porcelain veneers are a more prudent investment in a patient’s mouth.

You can gain more understanding about these marvelous cosmetic dentistry innovations by watching our video on porcelain veneers here.

What Exactly Are Dental Veneers Anyway?

Have you ever seen those commercials for kitchen remodeling systems, the technique where old cabinet doors and drawer fronts are replaced with new doors and drawers for a bright, fresh-looking appearance in the kitchen? Dental veneers work in a similar fashion, except that your teeth are not removed when veneers are applied. Instead, our veneers cover the fronts of your teeth to present a pearly white, straight, well-formed set of teeth for a perfect smile and a more healthy appearance. You can see for yourself how effective our dental veneers are by viewing our veneers photo gallery.

A better analogy is probably cosmetic fingernails, which are applied atop your existing fingernails but which are stronger, longer, and can be shaped to enhance the appearance of your fingers.

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Click to view the before picture!

Our dental veneers are also glued to adhere to the fronts of your teeth, much like artificial fingernails are affixed to your real fingernails, and each veneer is actually shaped to match each specific tooth in your smile for a very personal smile expression.

Cleveland Smiles, as well as other technologically advanced cosmetic dental practices, use digital impression machines to create extremely accurate and pain-free oral impressions for the veneers. Watch the video below for an in-depth explanation by Dr. Marsh DDS.

What Are Dental Veneers Made or Composed of?


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Porcelain Veneers

Veneers for teeth today are made out of porcelain or out of a composite engineered plastic or resin. Porcelain veneers tend to be stronger, look more natural, and also are not porous after they have been glazed, so they will not stain with use. Composite veneers can and will stain with use over the years due to the nature of the resin used in their construction.

They also tend to absorb small amounts of water over time, and need to be polished intensely to have a truly natural appearance. Their “advantage” is that less tooth reduction is necessary in order to place them upon the teeth.

Veneers for teeth can be installed in either a direct or an indirect application. The indirect process requires two visits to the Dr. Marsh’s or your local cosmetic dentist’s office – the first to remove a small layer of enamel from teeth and also to make impressions of all the teeth that will be fitted with the dental veneers. The second visit is when the veneers are applied to the teeth for the new, bright appearance.

Both composite and porcelain veneers can be applied via the indirect process. The direct process works only for composite veneers, as these plastic/enamel veneers are actually sculpted by Dr. Marsh and applied during the sole office visit.

Our office prefers porcelain veneers for our patients, as they are stronger and last longer and also because they are created via digital impressions at our office for greater accuracy and a more natural appearance. Our dental laboratories, including Dental Ceramics in Cleveland and Da Vinci in Los Angeles, use both Feldspathic Porcelain and Empress E-max porcelain for most of our dental veneers; this porcelain material is beautiful to look at and is also three times stronger than other porcelains on the market. Only the best for our patients!

If you are interested in dental veneers, either for yourself or for a loved one, you can schedule an appointment to discuss veneers with Dr. Marsh by contacting us here today.

We’d love to hear from you and we look forward to helping to enhance your Cleveland-area smile.