Do you feel self-conscious about having a “gummy” smile? If you have an overgrowth of gum tissue, your gums may cover your teeth more than usual. Blevins Dentistry offers(also known as a gum lift or gum lengthening) for patients interested in a more traditional, healthy smile.
First, we give gentle sedation to our patient to ensure maximum comfort. This is helpful to remember if you’re feeling particularly anxious or nervous about your upcoming procedure.
Next, Dr. Blevins gently raises the gums or removes part of the gum tissue by using a laser. At Blevins Dentistry, we use lasers in our dental procedures because they allow us to be incredibly precise during oral surgery. also minimizes the amount of pain, swelling, and bleeding our patients may experience during their recovery.
Finally, Dr. Blevins contours or repositions the gum line to create a beautiful smile. This phase is known by several names: gum contouring, gum recontouring, gum reduction, gum reshaping, and more. Sometimes, we can skip the second step of lifting and simply do the final step of reshaping.
Ultimately, the decision to get a gum lift lies with you. Like many cosmetic dentistry procedures, gum lifts aren’t usually necessary for your oral health. However, your teeth will appear longer and more proportional after a gum lift, which may increase your confidence.
Also, keep in mind that some cosmetic procedures do help protect your oral health! Teeth that are straighter and more easily spaced are also easier to keep clean than crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth. Having a more traditional smile may encourage you to practice good oral hygiene habits to protect your teeth for years to come.