A gum lift is a medical procedure, known as gingivectomy. A gum lift helps to reshape your gums and give you a better smile. Sometimes the gum tissue covers more of the tooth, which can give patients a gummy smile. Reshaping the gum tissues around the tooth exposes more length and width helping to create a fuller smile. 

If patients have overgrown gums, bad breath, swollen gums or inflamed gums then this could be a sign that they need a gum lift. Usually patients who develop gingivitis will also need a gum lift. In most cases though, a gum lift is done for cosmetic reasons. If you feel like your teeth are too small or you have a gummy smile, than a gum lift is worth considering to help improve your smile.

When it’s for the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to help numb your mouth. The surgeon will either use a scalpel to cut out the gums or a laser, which allows for less recovery time. If a laser is used, it helps to seal off the gums immediately and reduces bleeding during the procedure. 

The recovery time for a gum lift completed with a scalpel is usually between a few days and a few weeks for the gums to heal. If the surgeon uses a laser, the recovery time is usually a few days with over the counter pain medication. Patients are able to eat and drink normally after this surgery, but they should be gentle when brushing and flossing their teeth.  

If you want to change your smile and you want to know what your options are, consider talking with one of our dentists. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, it is important to have an experienced dentist who can give you the smile you want. Our dentists have over 20 years of experience and use the latest in dental technology. For more information on your treatment options, call us today at (702) 825-2973.