For those who have a gummy smile, when in a full smile, excess gum tissue is visible above the upper teeth. Not only does this detract from the beauty of a smile, it causes many people to ‘hold back’ when they smile.
While a healthy smile is nothing to conceal, I understand that one’s smile is plays a major part in appearance as well as self-confidence. It’s important to have a healthy smile and one that we feel good about sharing. Now, modern techniques and technology make repairing a gummy smile a process that requires minimal treatment time, is more comfortable, and heals at a faster pace.
Gum contouring is performed using gingivectomy (jen-juh-vect-ah me), or gum lift. This is where excess gum tissue around the teeth is removed. After numbing the gums, we use a laser to trim excess tissue, which minimizes bleeding and speeds recovery.
After the procedure, there may be tenderness or swelling. Most discomfort is managed with over-the-counter medications but prescription strength forms are made available. In healing, every individual is different. Some take a few days to heal while others need a couple of weeks. For those who smoke, this lengthens the duration of healing time.
Most gum lifts are followed by crown lengthening to enhance the appearance of front teeth after excess tissue is removed. This result is a smile that has a beautiful, even line.
If you have a gummy smile or know someone who would like more information, begin with a Free Consultation to discuss a gum lift and subsequent crown lengthening. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule.