What is a Gum Lift?
A gum lift is a procedure that can be used to eliminate excess gum tissue and create a more balanced gum-to-tooth ratio. It can be necessary when gums fail to recede properly once the permanent teeth erupt. Similarly, some patients may be unhappy with the look of their smiles due to excessive gingival tissue.
If you have a gummy smile, or too much gum tissue is exposed when you smile, you might be a candidate for a gum lift. Several procedures can be used, and we will need to examine your teeth and gums to determine the best one for your needs. The tissues are first numbed for a comfortable, pain-free procedure. Next, the tissues are gently separated from teeth and precisely contoured.
The procedure can typically be completed in one appointment, and most patients are comfortable and are able to resume their normal diet in a few days. Be sure to follow your aftercare instructions carefully to reduce the risk of complications. Good dental hygiene is critical, as it minimizes the risk of bacterial infections. You might be prescribed medications, and these should be taken as recommended.
A gum lift offers immediate results, and patients can enjoy renewed self-confidence with a more balanced smile. For some people, a gum lift can also make it easier to keep their teeth clean by removing bulky tissues that trap food particles and plaque. Call our office today to learn more about available periodontal treatments or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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