Gum Contouring

Cosmetic Gum Surgery

A gingival lift, also known as gum reshaping, gum lift, or gum contouring is typically a cosmetic dental procedure to reduce or reshape highly visible gum lines. If you are self-conscious about your gummy smile, cosmetic gum surgery may be an option. At times your teeth may not be the issue you are having with your smile, it could be your gums. In some cases, your dentist at Island Dental Associates may recommend the procedure medically if you are having issues with your gums and it is affecting your oral health.

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The procedure involves removing excess gum tissue around your teeth and, if you have receding gums or periodontal disease, involves restoring gum tissue. Using a laser allows your Island Dental Associate dentist to precisely reshape your gums to provide you with a better symmetry in your smiles while removing excess gum tissue. The laser procedure causes very little pain so a topical anesthesia is typically used and, because lasers result in almost no bleeding, your gum tissues tend to heal more quickly than regular surgery.

Cosmetic Gum surgery may be performed to correct the following conditions:

  • Covering gums or exposed roots that are unsightly
  • Reducing the appearance of teeth that look too long
  • Improving your gum health
  • Reducing the risk of root decay

While receding gums is typically caused by gum disease, you may experience this because of excessive or hard tooth brushing, taking a prescription drug, or even genetics. Restoring your gum tissue may become a medical necessity for your oral health.

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