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Cosmetic Dentistry: Gum Lifts

When it comes to gums and teeth, most people have at least one thing they would change. Some may want a brighter smile through teeth whitening or straighter teeth with braces. For those with excessive or uneven gum tissue, there are gum lifts. Keep reading to learn more about gum lifts. 

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What Is A Gum Lift?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a gum lift (or gum contouring) is a cosmetic procedure when a periodontist removes and reshapes gum tissue to make your smile more aesthetically pleasing and/or even.

A 2021 study published by the National Library of Medicine (NIH) concluded that gum reshaping done with a dental laser was safe, effective, and resulted in superior results compared to Botox injections. 

Who Is A Good Candidate For A Gum Lift?

Since gum contouring is a surgical procedure, you will need to attend a consultation beforehand to decide if you’re a good candidate. At your consultation, the dentist will discuss your goals for your smile with you and conduct a thorough examination to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for the procedure.

The Cleveland Clinic notes that if you have any cavities or gum disease, these issues must be treated beforehand. At your consultation, the dentist will discuss how much tissue and/or bone will need to be removed for your ideal look.

You May Be A Good Candidate For Gum Contouring If You:

  • Are in good oral health
  • Have a “gummy smile”
  • Your teeth appear to be short
  • Have an uneven gum line

Have excess gum growth from wearing braces

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Who Is A Good Candidate For A Gum Lift?

Since gum contouring is a surgical procedure, you will need to attend a consultation beforehand to decide if you’re a good candidate. At your consultation, the dentist will discuss your goals for your smile with you and conduct a thorough examination to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for the procedure.

The Cleveland Clinic notes that if you have any cavities or gum disease, these issues must be treated beforehand. At your consultation, the dentist will discuss how much tissue and/or bone will need to be removed for your ideal look.

You May Be A Good Candidate For Gum Contouring If You:

  • Are in good oral health
  • Have a “gummy smile”
  • Your teeth appear to be short
  • Have an uneven gum line
  • Have excess gum growth from wearing braces 

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How Is The Gum Lift Done?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a gum lift procedure is done by first numbing the gums (sedation may be available upon request). The dentist then uses a special tool that works like a pen to mark where they will be removing gum tissue. Removing the gum tissue is done with a scalpel or dental laser. In some cases, the dentist may also remove very small pieces of bone around individual teeth to achieve the right look (this is dependent on the individual patient’s bone structure). When and if necessary, the dentist will use sutures to control bleeding. 

What Are The Benefits Of A Gum Lift?

  • You will have a bigger and brighter smile
  • It may be used to reshape the gum tissue for those struggling with gum recession
  • Increased confidence 

Are There Any Downsides To A Gum Lift?

  • There is a small risk of infection
  • There is a slight possibility of regrowth
  • You may need further procedures for the ideal look 

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Gum Lift FAQ

After the anesthesia wears off, you will likely experience some soreness. For most, over-the-counter pain relievers will suffice to alleviate discomfort.

Gum contouring generally takes around two hours. However, times vary depending on the extent of the gum removal, reshaping, and how much sedation you ask for.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, in most cases, the results of the procedure are permanent.

Healing times vary from patient to patient, but most patients will be through the healing process in a week or less. Healing times will be shortest when you:

  • Keep the area clean
  • Take antibiotics as directed, if prescribed
  • Rest (no exercise at all for five days)
  • Eat soft foods for 5-7 days

Since most gum lift procedures are considered cosmetic, they aren’t usually covered by insurance, and prices will vary depending on the extent of the procedure.

Absolute Dental has many financing options available. Call and ask us about our Smile Saver program, which allows for free exams and 30-50% off other dental services.

A gum lift is a minimally invasive way for many patients to achieve a bigger, brighter smile. At Absolute Dental, you can get all of your cosmetic dentistry needs met, including gum lifts, implants, teeth whitening, and more.

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