A beautiful smile is important for a great first impression. When it comes to a winning smile, many people tend to focus on their teeth, so much time is spent straightening, whitening and more. However, even if your teeth are perfectly straight and pearly white, your smile still may not be what you want it to be. This is often due to excess gum tissue, which can make your beautiful teeth appear small. At National Dental Melville, we can help to give you a smile you’ve always wanted with an aesthetic gum lift.

What is an Aesthetic Gum Lift?

Also commonly called a crown lengthening, an aesthetic gum lift is a procedure that is meant to remove excess gum tissue. Depending upon your specific circumstances, we may also need to remove a small amount of bone to achieve the desired results. The goal of this procedure is to restore a more normal size appearance to your teeth and provide you with a natural, even gum line.

How Is It Performed?

An aesthetic gum lift can be completed in a single visit and is usually done under a local anesthetic. The time it takes to complete your procedure depends on your specific surgery, how many teeth are being corrected and if any bone is also being removed.

At National Dental, we perform an aesthetic gum lift using laser dentistry. The procedure used to be done with a scalpel, a manual, metal tool. While a scalpel is effective, it causes bleeding during your procedure (and sometimes after). It also causes a significant amount of post-procedure pain and swelling. The laser is a high-intensity beam of light that is approximately the thickness of a human hair. The laser cauterizes as it cuts, minimizing bleeding. It also provides us with pinpoint accuracy, minimizing tissue trauma. In turn, this limits the pain and swelling that occurs during your recovery period.

After we administer the local anesthetic, we make incisions in your gums which expose the roots of your teeth and your jawbone. We remove the excess tissue, along with any necessary bone. Finally, your gums are sutured back up against your teeth, and you go home to heal.

Aesthetic Gum Lift Benefits

An aesthetic gum lift has several benefits:

  • Your gum line is evened out.
  • The procedure eliminates your gummy smile. Your teeth appear more natural in size.
  • You will be able to notice the results right away.
  • Your oral health is improved.

What Else Can a Gum Lift Do?

Gum lifts can be used for more than just aesthetics. They can also be used for functional purposes as well. If you have excess gum tissue, and a tooth suffers damage, a gum lift makes effective treatment possible. For instance, crowns are a common treatment for damaged teeth. If you are in need of a crown, excess gum tissue (even just a small amount) can interfere with proper placement. By removing the excess tissue, your crown will sit where it should, providing you with the best results. A gum lift may also prove useful for treating cavities around the gum line. By removing excess tissue, the cavity is easier to access, clean and fill.

If excess gum tissue has affected your smile, Call National Dental Melville at (631) 816-2277 to find out if an aesthetic gum lift is right for you.