A cosmetic gum lift is recommended for patients who have what is commonly known as a “gummy smile,” or excessive gum tissue that makes the teeth appear stubby. A cosmetic gum lift can reveal the beautiful teeth that you have under the overgrown soft tissue. This procedure is performed with a soft tissue laser, and is otherwise known as a gingivectomy, gingival sculpting, or gingival contouring. This procedure can not only reinvent your smile but is good for your oral health.
To learn whether you can benefit from a cosmetic gum lift in Tulsa, please call (918) 528-3330 or email élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges.
Dr. Hodges will go over what you can expect during your procedure, the outcome and the recovery time involved. The day of your procedure we will mark your gum tissue, and then begin to re-contour the excess gum tissue that exists. You will be given a local anesthetic, but if you’re anxious, oral sedation can help. Then Dr. Hodges will safely and carefully use a soft tissue laser to trim away, reshape and seal the unneeded gum tissue. No blades are used.
This treatment typically only requires one visit to our office, and only takes about an hour. The pain associated, if any, is minor and there is no bleeding and no stitches are involved.
Gum Lift Benefits
A cosmetic gum lift is a quick procedure that is safe and virtually painless. The recovery time is short and you can continue your normal activities right after your treatment. The degree of your gingival sculpting may affect your healing time, and we may recommend a diet of soft foods or liquids for a day or two to avoid irritating your gums. Most patients experience only mild discomfort during the recovery, and are not affected by the procedure in any negative ways.
The laser used to perform the gum lift seals and sterilizes the area so any chance of infection is significantly reduced. It also minimizes inflammation and promotes fast healing. We employ the use of lasers because not only are they safe, but they also protect the surrounding tissue from damage during the procedure.
In addition to the above health benefits, a cosmetic gum lift can have positive psychological and social benefits, improving your looks and self-confidence, making you more willing to smile.
If Your Teeth Are Too Short
Some people may come in for a gum lift, only to find that their gums aren’t overgrown—their teeth are just naturally short. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can be used to lengthen your teeth so you can still get the tall, beautiful smile you desire.
To learn which is the best cosmetic dentistry treatment for you, please contact élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges today.