What is a Gum Lift?

Cosmetic dentistry includes many different facets of your smile. It can regard the length and shape of your teeth, the color of your teeth, whether or not your teeth are straight, and if you have excessive gum tissue covering your teeth. The latter is referred to as gummy smile. A gummy smile is when you do not have an esthetic balance between your teeth and gums. In other words, you have too much gingival tissue covering your teeth.  A gum lift is treatment for a gummy smile.


There is an appropriate gingival level for each individual tooth based on esthetics. If there is too much gingival tissue covering your teeth, then you have a gummy smile. There are many reasons for a gummy smile including:

  • A short upper lip: If the distance from your nose to your upper lip is shorter than normal, your upper lip won’t cover your gums and teeth resulting in a gummy smile.
  • Hyper-mobile upper lip: If your lip is pulled up higher than normal when you smile it shows too much gingival tissue.
  • Over-sized upper jaw: If your upper jaw is bigger than your lower jaw, your upper teeth and gums can drift lower showing more gum tissue.
  • Bruxism: Grinding your teeth can wear them down, but your teeth continuously move. They will move downward bringing gum tissue with them.
  • Altered passive and altered active eruption: Excessive amounts of gum tissue cover the teeth.

A gum lift removes the excess gum tissue restoring your esthetically pleasing smile.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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