Cosmetic Gum Lifts
If the appearance of your gums is keeping you from smiling, we are happy to offer you a solution! It’s not uncommon for patients to have a “gummy” smile due to their gums not receding normally (after the growth of their permanent teeth). Sometimes the way someone’s lips are shaped also results in their gums showing too much. Or the opposite–patients’ gums have receded excessively over time and expose too much of the tooth’s surface, which can also cause sensitivity.
The use of lasers:
The good news is that reshaping gums has become much less of an invasive procedure with the advancement in lasers. The recovery time is minimal and most patients only need over the counter pain medicine for 1-2 days. They can also eat and drink normally within a day.
How it works:
Reshaping gums is usually performed only on the front teeth, as they are the ones showing off your smile. We are able to raise your gum line as needed. You will be given a local anesthesia and using a laser, we will cut and reshape your gums with very minimal bleeding (since the laser seals off blood vessels). The entire process goes pretty quickly and we find that many of our patients are both surprised and relieved at how simple it is. After the procedure, it’s critical that our patients follow instructions to help the area heal and to avoid infections.
Oftentimes, gum lifts are one part of a smile makeover. For example, gum lifts are sometimes needed when a patient chooses porcelain veneers. It’s important to have an even gum line complementing the new, beautiful teeth. Together they create a confident and stunning smile!
We are happy to serve Rocklin and Roseville with the latest dentist services, techniques and equipment. Contact our office to book your consultation appointment today!