Compared to other cosmetic dental treatments, a gum lift isn’t as focused on the appearance of your teeth as it is on the health, appearance, and shape of your gum line. For many patients, an uneven or “sagging” gum line can be the biggest impact on their smile’s appearance, and a gum lift is the most effective way to improve it. Because everyone’s smile is different, a gum lift can accomplish several different goals, depending on your unique needs and preferences.
Stopping gum recession
Gum recession, or the gradual separation of your gums from your teeth, can occur for a variety of reasons. When it does, the asymmetrical and/or unhealthy appearance of your gums can often be corrected with a custom-designed gum lift. Your dentist can carefully remove the excess gum tissue to improve its appearance and stop healthy tissues from receding.
Finishing your cosmetic treatment
Some cosmetic procedures, like porcelain veneers and orthodontic treatment, can significantly improve your teeth but have unintended, minimal effects on your gum line’s symmetry. After your procedure, your dentist might recommend a minor gum lift to perfect your gum line and properly complement your new smile.
Recovering from gum disease
Developing gum disease is one of the most common reasons for gum recession. To treat it, your dentist will remove the infectious oral bacteria from underneath your gums so the tissues can heal. Then, he may recommend a gum lift to trim away the diseased tissues and promote healthier, more attractive gums.
Ask Your Dentist if You Should Consider a Gum Lift
A cosmetic gum lift is a popular way to improve your smile’s appearance, but it can also have a few important benefits for your oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.