When it comes to getting the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, you may focus on improving your teeth. But even if your teeth are perfectly straight, white and blemish-free, your smile still may not be what you want it to be. This is because your teeth are only a part of your smile. Another key element is your gums. Excess gum tissue can give you what is commonly referred to as a “gummy” smile. Even with the most beautiful, straight, white teeth, if your teeth look tiny, and then your smile is diminished. Your confidence may also be impacted. At National Dental Hicksville, we can help to give you the smile you’ve always wanted with an aesthetic gum lift.
An aesthetic gum lift, which is also known as a crown lengthening, is a minor surgical procedure that rids your smile of excess gum tissue. Depending upon your specific circumstances, a small amount of bone may also need to be removed in order to achieve optimal results. The procedure is designed to give you a more even gum line and help your teeth to appear a more normal size.
An aesthetic gum lift is a relatively straightforward procedure. It can be completed in a single visit. The exact amount of time it takes to complete your gum lift depends upon a few different factors, such as how many teeth are being addressed, as well as if you need to have any bone removed or not.
In the past, a gum lift has been performed with a scalpel. At National Dental, we take advantage of the latest technological developments. Our aesthetic gum lift is performed with a laser. The laser is a high-intensity beam of light that is approximately the thickness of a human hair. It provides pinpoint accuracy and cauterizes as it cuts, minimizing bleeding. It also minimizes the amount of pain and swelling you experience after your procedure.
We begin by providing you with a local anesthetic. We then make incisions in your gum tissue, exposing the roots of your teeth and your jawbone. We then use the laser to make the necessary cuts to remove extra gum tissue. If necessary, we also remove any bone in the way. Once finished, we stitch your gums back up against your teeth.
An aesthetic gum lift has many benefits:
Along with aesthetic purposes, a gum lift also has functional purposes as well. Excess gum tissue can get in the way of restoring damaged teeth, whether you have a cracked tooth, or you have a cavity at the gum line. By removing excess gum tissue, a crown can be seated naturally on your tooth. It can also ensure that a cavity is completely cleaned out and filled.
If you are living with a “gummy” smile that is affecting the quality of your smile, an aesthetic gum lift can help. With the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, you’ll be able to smile wide and confident. Contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086 to schedule your consultation.