A gum lift is a cosmetic procedure designed to contour the gum line by removing excess gum tissue and improving the overall balance of a patient’s smile. Drs. Steven M. Katz, Sultan S. Salem, and Dilmarys J. Peña are experts in cosmetic dentistry, and draw upon their extensive training and artistic skills to create beautiful smiles for their patients. If you are considering a gum lift, we can discuss your goals during a consultation at our Long Island, NY-area practice.
Should You Consider a Gum Lift?
Many patients opt to receive a gum lift in order to trim away excess gum tissue that creates a “gummy” and disproportionate smile. A gum lift can also create a more symmetrical gum line if it is uneven. While an uneven gum line can look unnatural, excess gum tissue can make your teeth appear small and overtake your smile.
Many patients opt to receive a gum lift in order to trim away excess gum tissue that creates a “gummy” and disproportionate smile.
A gum lift can make a significant difference in your smile and your confidence. Combining a gum lift with another cosmetic procedure, such as teeth whitening, can provide an even more dramatic effect.
What to Expect during Your Procedure
Prior to your procedure, you will meet with your doctor to discuss your cosmetic goals. He or she will carefully evaluate your oral health to ensure you qualify for a gum lift. Once you are approved for the procedure, your doctor will outline your new gum line using a special pen. When you and your doctor are both satisfied with the treatment plan, a local anesthetic will be administered in order to numb the gums.
While traditional surgical tools are available, we prefer to use our diode laser for most gum lift procedures, since it provides greater accuracy and precision. Using the laser, your doctor will carefully remove the excess tissue as outlined with the pen. The laser immediately seals the gums after removing the excess tissue, which reduces bleeding and discomfort during the procedure. Your doctor can complete the entire procedure in just one appointment. The laser also expedites healing and eliminates the need for sutures.
Gum Lift Recovery
For the first few days following the procedure, you may experience some tenderness and inflammation in the gums. During this time, you should consume soft foods and avoid foods that are spicy or have small seeds. You may take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory to help alleviate your discomfort during this time. You should also take care to brush and floss your teeth gently to avoid irritation.
A More Balanced and Beautiful Smile
Although there is a brief recovery period, you will see immediate results with a gum lift. In just one appointment, your doctor can improve the balance and proportions of your teeth and gums. Your gums will now serve as a frame for your smile rather than overshadowing it. Most patients experience boosted self-confidence after a gum lift. You may find yourself speaking up more during work meetings or feeling more comfortable on a date.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are looking for a simple and relatively painless way to improve your smile, a gum lift can have a dramatic impact on your appearance and your confidence. To find out if a gum lift is right for you, contact Smiles on Broadway today to schedule your first consultation.