What Is A Gum Lift and Who Needs Gum Surgery?
For patients who have excessive gum tissue, it affects their smile (gummy smile) and their confidence. By simply reducing the gums and exposing more of the patient’s teeth, the appearance of their smile is transformed.
A Perfect Frame for Your Smile
There’s more to having a beautiful smile than just straight, white, healthy teeth. The soft tissues that frame your teeth also play a huge part in your overall appearance. By adjusting your gum lines, we can create a more balanced look that better reflects the shape of your mouth and facial profile.
Having a gum lift (gingivectomy) is a cosmetic dentistry procedure to reduce excessive gum tissue and expose more of the tooth. Gum surgery is typically only required on the front teeth.
If you have a gummy smile or an uneven or imbalanced gum line, then contact us today to find out about your options and how we can help.
Our goal at Total Dental Care is to give you a beautiful, healthy and confident smile.
Gummy Smile Treatments
Gummy smiles are when there’s too much gingiva (gums) covering the tooth. It can make it so that when you smile, you see more gums than you’re supposed to. Instead of adding onto the tooth to make it longer with a veneer or crown, it’s better to perform a gum lift where a large area of the tooth is visible.
The Gum Lift Procedure
Don’t be alarmed; it’s a simple and painless procedure performed using a soft tissue laser. We gently remove excess gum tissue, improve the shape of your gums and then seal your gums without any bleeding. There are no cuts, incisions or stitches.
By removing the excess gum tissue, you’ll achieve an attractive natural smile. The entire procedure is virtually painless. If you experience any pain after the gum lift procedure, it should only be minor and last for a few days. Simply take painkillers, but do not exceed the maximum dose.
Having excess gum tissue is usually a genetic problem; it’s not your fault. Come in and discover how we can help transform your smile.
Some people need gum lifts because of past periodontal disease. In these situations, it’s usually referred to as “crown lengthening” or “pocket reduction.” The treatment helps to shorten the depth of the gum pocket around the tooth, where bacteria collect. As a result, it’s easier to prevent relapse and additional bone loss.
Crown lengthening is also recommended when there’s not enough tooth above the gum lines and a crown is required. By retracting some of the gum tissues, there’s enough of a base to reasonably support a fixed, bonded restoration like a ceramic cap.