Your smile is such an important feature, and one you should strive to keep in the best possible condition. Issues with dental discoloration, damage, and congenital problems with poor alignment or tooth development can have a negative impact on how you look. With that said, some patients face problems with their smile because of their gums, not their teeth. A gum lift can be performed to address many cosmetic problems concerning your periodontal tissue. Your dentist provides help by carefully removing excess tissue, which can make your smile appear more even, and make your teeth appear less squat, or short. This procedure can have an amazing effect on your appearance by itself, but it you can also see impressive changes when you combine a gum lift with additional cosmetic care.
A New Way to Improve Your Smile
A gum lift can help address a number of esthetic concerns caused by your gum tissue. And thanks to modern technology, gum contouring is less invasive and requires less recovery time than in previous years.
That is because using laser technology to sculpt away portions of the tissue that are excessive, enables the dentist to suture as he or she works, rather than needing to add stitches after treatment.
While some cosmetic dentists may perform the gum lift themselves, many work closely with periodontists, or dentists that are gum specialists, to plan the design of your new and improved smile, based on your specific concerns. That way the resulting work will reflect your ideal smile.
You may also want to speak to your general dentist about why you’re experiencing a “gummy” smile in the first place. It could be due to gum disease, or another oral health threat, that needs to be addressed separately, through restorative treatment, prior to any cosmetic procedures.
Identifying Issues That Hurt Your Appearance
Recognizing what kind of issues might be affecting your smile will allow you to make smart choices concerning the appropriate cosmetic dental treatment or treatments. For instance, your dentist can spot trouble with your periodontal tissues, which would suggest that a gum lift would be the most appropriate action.
Patients are sometimes surprised by the feedback they receive from their dentist when it comes from cosmetic work. You may go in thinking you need a professional teeth bleaching to deal with discoloration, but find that internal tooth issues make dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, more effective treatment solutions.
How A Gum Lift Can Help Enhance Your Smile
A gum lift is generally performed by a periodontist, which is a dentist that specializes in treating gum disease, oral inflammation and other problems with gum tissue. During the procedure, the dentist will carefully remove excess gum tissue, while also helping to sculpt a more even gum line.
Gum lifts are now most often performed using a laser, which helps to suture during the procedure, making recovery time shorter and the discomfort far less than with traditional oral surgeries.
Gum Health Is Essential to a Pretty Smile
If the cause for your excess gum tissue is gum disease, you may require ultrasonic scaling before a gum lift can successfully be performed. Healthy gums are crucial to preventing the gum tissue from erupting again after cosmetic treatment.
Gum disease is most often caused by plaque buildup, which is why preventive cleanings are so important to maintaining healthy and beautiful smiles.
Making Plans To Make Big Changes To Your Smile
Our commitment to artistic smile design means taking our expertise in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and helping you enjoy remarkable improvements to how you look. If you want to enjoy your best smile, we can help you determine what needs to take place for that goal to become a reality!
Talk To Lake Forest Dental Arts About A Gum Lift
Patients who want to do something about cosmetic dental concerns can be treated to expert cosmetic care. Our practice proudly works with individuals in and around the Lake Forest area who want to showcase their best smile. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.