Gum Lifts

Cosmetic Gum Lifts for a Beautiful Smile

You may be wondering what in the world a gum lift is. It sounds gross and painful, but it’s not (it is actually a quite painless cosmetic dentistry procedure). Look in the mirror at your teeth. Are the tops of your teeth (where they intersect with the gum line) in a fairly straight line or are some teeth higher or lower? If the tops of your teeth vary as to where they hit the gum line, then your smile probably isn’t as pretty as it could be.

When the gums are going up and down around the teeth, it may make your smile look crooked and unfinished. This procedure is also known as “crown lengthening” and is done by a periodontist. You will be lightly sedated and your gums are anesthetized so you won’t feel a thing. The periodontist makes some incisions around the infected teeth, gently reflects the gum tissue and then removes a small amount of bone. When finished, he will suture your gums back into their new position and now they will appear longer and more even.

One of our patients wrote about her “cosmetic gum lift” which may explain it a little better for you.

“My husband drove me home and I slept for a couple of hours. After that, I honestly didn’t have any pain even though I was sent home with a pain pill prescription.”

Healing is not painful, but will take about six weeks before your gums are ready to begin your smile makeover.

Melinda’s Reaction to Crown Lengthening

“I’ve been in a position to see a lot of beautiful smiles and I decided that it was time to get one for myself. First I had to go to the periodontist for a procedure called ‘crown lengthening,’ and then I had to wait for two months while my gums healed before starting the ‘preps’ for my new smile. I really couldn’t understand how the gum procedure was going to help me, but I just put my faith in Cindy and Dr. Coker and Dr. Adcock. I’m so glad I did. When I look at my “before” and “after” smile photos, I finally understand what “crown lengthening” actually did for me. Even though it added another step to the sequence of events, I’m so glad I had it done. Wow! What a nice result. What a beautiful smile!” – Melinda, Internet Consultant