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Aesthetic Gum Lift

A smiling man in a dental chairA beautiful smile not only boosts your confidence and makes you look good, but it’s also good for your oral health. People who have uneven gums can have difficulty smiling and performing other basic functions.

The good news is that we have procedures to deal with problems like that. Thanks to advances in dental science, Integrated Dental offers cosmetic gum reshaping and contouring (also known as aesthetic gum lifts) for both therapeutic and medical purposes.

When are Cosmetic Gum Procedures Necessary?

An aesthetic gum lift is meant for patients with uneven gums or gums that cover an inordinate amount of their teeth, conditions caused either by genetics or various kinds of prescription medications. The result is what is often called a gummy smile, where the teeth look smaller than usual. We also employ gum lifts in instances where someone’s gums have receded and exposed too much of the surface of their teeth.

What is Periodontal Gum Contouring and How Does it Work?

Periodontal gum contouring is a medical procedure that we use to ward off periodontal disease, gingival infections, tooth decay, and tooth loss, all of which are traceable to inconsistencies in the gums. The teeth are left exposed and susceptible to decay if the gums recede. Pockets can also form in the gums which are conducive to bacterial growth. By reshaping your gums, we can remove bacteria, protect your teeth and seal up the tissue to prevent future problems.

During the procedure, we will give you a mild local anesthetic to numb the gums and then use a soft tissue laser to remove excessive gum tissue. We can lengthen crowns to repair a gummy smile. We use the laser to reshape and seal up the gum tissue, forming an aesthetically pleasing shape and preventing you from bleeding. The laser also serves to eliminate pockets where bacteria form, preventing future infections.

How Much does Gum Contouring Cost?

The extent of the problem will determine how much it will cost to fix it. Some insurance companies provide coverage and we can determine your coverage with a preauthorization.

Recovery Period

Regardless of the reason for the procedure, you must observe proper oral hygiene for several weeks after the procedure is over. Brush and floss your teeth gently until your gums have healed completely. The gum tissue is sensitive at that point, so you must take care not to irritate it, otherwise you could start bleeding and run the risk of infection. Use a gentle, cleansing mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol to kill any germs that might lurk on your sensitive gums.

If you’re not satisfied with your smile, we can help you! Advances in dental technology allow us to improve both your look and your health. Our doctors can work with you to see which procedure is best for you.

For more information, please contact our office at (631) 659-5599 or fill out the Appointment Request Form below and a member of our team will be in contact with you to get started!
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