Aesthetic Gum Lift
Smile improvements do not just involve the teeth but can also include the gums. Aesthetic gum lifting is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can enhance the appearance of your smile by removing excess gum tissue, exposing more of the crown of a tooth, and ensuring the gumline of your teeth is in the best position to complement your teeth. It is always done in conjunction with other cosmetic dental treatments such as crowns or veneers. Our team at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is ready to give you that proportioned look you desire.
The Medical Necessity
More than usual gum lifting or contouring is practiced solely for cosmetic purposes. But it can be a medical necessity in some cases. In the case where you have periodontal disease, gum lifting may be an answer. However, our experts will try to treat your gums with non-surgical options first. This can include dental cleanings to restore the gums or antibiotics to kill infection and bacteria. If these efforts go in vain, we might recommend pocket reduction surgery. This is done on the surrounding bone and gums to save your tooth. You may also need a regeneration procedure to regrow the damaged tissue as well. Gum lifting might be a part of these procedures. You can speak to us about your covered and uncovered expenses.
Gum contouring is usually done by our cosmetic dentist or periodontist. It is an in-office procedure that is typically conducted in one visit. Before we start operating, you will receive local anesthesia to numb the gum area. During the process, a soft tissue laser or scalpel is used to remove excess gum tissue to re-sculpt the gumline, exposing more of the tooth. Sutures might be used to keep the gum tissue tightly in place.
In case the gums recede, our doctor will remove tissue from another part of your mouth. A small surgery places this tissue around your teeth to restructure your gumline. The length of the procedure depends on the extent of the contouring and amount of sculpting that is required. Generally, gum lifting takes about one to two hours.
How Much Does It Cost?
If the process is not medically necessary, you will have to pay from your pocket. The cost will depend on a variety of factors, which we will discuss with you during your appointment. In case our dentist recommends gum contouring for oral health reasons, your dental insurance may be able to cover the cost.
After you are done having your gums reshaped, you might experience swelling and pain at the place where the surgery was performed. This pain can be controlled with usual pain killers. As no stitches are involved in the gum lifting procedure, expect yourself to start eating and drinking within twenty-four hours. However, hard foods or spicy things that can irritate your gums should be avoided. Your gums are expected to heal fully within one week.
Our doctors will advise you to use a mild mouthwash and soft-bristled brushes to keep your teeth tidy without hurting your gums. This can also help lower the risk of infection. In case of any excessive bleeding or a sensitive reaction to anesthesia, visit us at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry or call (657) 341-0808 to schedule an immediate appointment with our experts.