The Gum Lift Procedure: Where to Draw the Line for a Radiant Smile
Do you struggle with a “gummy” smile or uneven gum line? If so, you may be a good candidate for a gum lifting procedure. At Transcend Dentistry, our team of periodontist (gum) specialists is dedicated to helping our patients achieve a radiant smile and gum lifts are sometimes a great solution for a gummy smile.
What is a Gum Lift?
The gum lift procedure, also known as a gum reshaping or crown lengthening procedure, is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves removing excess gum tissue to reveal more of the natural tooth structure. This procedure can be performed on one or multiple teeth, and can be done in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers or teeth whitening.
Who Can Benefit from a Gum Lift?
If you’re self-conscious about the appearance of your gums, or if you are dissatisfied with your gummy smile, a gum lift procedure may be right for you. Our gum specialist (Periodontist) will assess your mouth and gums to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure and recommend the best option for you based on your individual needs.
The Gum Lift Procedure
The gum lift procedure at Transcend Dentistry is quick and minimally invasive, and can be performed under local anesthesia. Our specialists will carefully remove excess gum tissue using state-of-the-art surgical instruments, laser equipment and their expertise, creating a more balanced gum line and enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Here is a step-by-step guide to the gum lift procedure:
Step 1: Consultation and planning
The first step in the gum lift procedure is to schedule a consultation with our gum specialist and smile design specialist. During this appointment, our specialists will examine your mouth and discuss your goals for the procedure. They will also take x-rays and impressions to help determine the best approach for your individual case. A virtual smile design may be performed to plan the best position of your gum lift for a harmonious and balanced smile.
Step 2: Gum lift procedures
Before the procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the gums using local anesthesia. This will help to ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. In some cases, sedation may also be used to help the patient relax.
Next, the dentist will use a soft tissue laser or surgical instruments to precisely remove the excess gum tissue. This allows the dentist to reshape the gum line and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Once the gum tissue has been reshaped, the dentist will use special instruments to contour and shape the gums for a more balanced and proportionate look. The dentist may also use sutures to hold the gums in their new position.
Step 3: Healing & After Care
Recovery time after a gum lift procedure is typically minimal. Most patients experience some minor discomfort and swelling for a few days following the procedure, but these symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
After the procedure, you’ll be given specific aftercare instructions to follow, including avoiding certain foods and medications, using special mouth rinses, and maintaining good oral hygiene. Our team at Transcend will be with you every step of the way to ensure proper healing and monitor the results of the procedure. Most patients experience minimal swelling and discomfort after a gum lift procedure, and can return to their normal activities within a few days.
Step 4: Final Result
In 80% of cases, you can expect to see the final outcome of a gum lift procedure within just one week. However, the healing process can take anywhere from two to eight weeks to be fully completed. After this period, your gums will appear more youthful and symmetrical, and your teeth will be more exposed, giving you a stunning, picture-perfect smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: Is a gum lift procedure painful?
The gum lift procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so patients should not feel any pain during the procedure. Most patients experience some minor discomfort and swelling after the procedure, but these symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
Q2: How long does the gum lift procedure take?
The length of the gum lift procedure depends on the extent of the procedure and the number of teeth being treated. On average, a few teeth can be treated within approximately one hour, while a full arch of the mouth may take up to 2.5 hours. The exact length of the procedure will be determined by your dentist during the consultation phase.
Q3: Is a gum lift procedure safe?
Yes, a gum lift procedure is a safe and effective cosmetic dental option for the right candidate. Our specialists are highly trained and experienced in the latest techniques and use state of the art equipment to ensure the best possible results.
Q4: How long does the results of a gum lift last?
The results of a gum lift procedure are long-lasting with proper aftercare and maintenance. Our specialists will provide specific instructions on how to care for your gums after the procedure to ensure the best possible outcome.