Gums are often forgotten whilst working toward attaining the perfect smile.
Some people show a significant amount of their gums when they smile. Some are even unable to close their mouth completely. There are different reasons for this situation: short lips, long maxillary alveolar bone (bone that harbours the roots of your upper teeth), gum disease, misaligned and protruded teeth and any disproportion of hard and soft tissues in this area.
Gum lifting, also known as ‘gingivectomy’, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure which improves the aesthetics of your smile by ensuring the gum line of your teeth is in the best possible position to show off your teeth.
It is usually done in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments, such as veneers or crowns. The aim of a gum lift is to restructure excessive or uneven gum tissue surrounding your teeth so your gums are symmetrical and in proportion to your smile, rather than having a ‘gummy smile’.
The procedure is quick and relatively painless. The gum area around the front teeth is usually the only area corrected, as this is the most visible section of your smile.
At Dental 359 Malo Clinic we will cut into and reshape the unsightly gum area, using a soft tissue laser to seal off the blood vessels and minimise any bleeding. There are no stitches involved, and the procedure is usually very quick and relatively painless.
You should be able to eat and drink within 24 hours after surgery, and your gums will heal completely within the week after. Any pain after the procedure can be controlled using over the counter medicines, and should only be necessary immediately after surgery.
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