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Do You Need A Gum Lift?

Happy girl after Gum Lift treatment

You cannot simply change the foundation of your smile like you do with an outfit, but there are certainly ways in which you can improve its appearance. The amount of attention that is given to the look of a smile makes it a significant part of how we express ourselves and even relationships with others. It is therefore not strange to wish that your smile looked a certain way. The beauty of a smile is often associated with the whiteness and symmetry of your teeth. But not everyone is lucky to enjoy a balance of both and this calls for certain restorative and cosmetic procedures like gum lifting.

The way in which your dental gums align can make a significant impact on the appearance of your smile. There are cases in which the gums tissue covers a considerable part of the tooth’s enamel making teeth appears short. This gives you what is termed as a ‘gummy smile’. Causes for a gummy smile are thought to be genetic which causes your teeth not to protrude properly, your teeth to be smaller than average or your upper lip to be too short, making more gum than usual to become visible.

What is a Gum Lift?

Gum lifting for teeth is a procedure that reshapes the gum line to expose more of a tooth’s enamel. The objective behind the treatment is to manipulate the gum tissue so that teeth appear longer and more symmetrical. It is also referred to as lengthening or gingivectomy. And while it is mostly considered to cosmetic treatment, it can sometimes be used for restorative purposes such as when the gum tissue covers dental crowns.

How is it Done?

Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi DDS a dentist in Beverly Hills uses the latest laser technology to treat your gummy smile. This makes the procedure fast, safe, and less sore while guaranteeing better and more accurate results. Instead of making an incision on the gums. Laser energy combined with water is used to gently remove any excess gum tissue on your teeth. the process takes an hour at most to complete and patients can eat and drink normally within a day after the procedure.

In the traditional method for gum lifting the dentist uses a scalpel instead of a lases to trim off excess gum tissue. Although you will not experience pain during the procedure, once the sedation wears off you will experience some discomfort such as tenderness. The method leaves for longer recovery time and during the healing period, you will only be restricted to soft foods like yogurt, soups, and purees. Special care is also necessary to ensure the wound sites are not infected.

Usually, if you compare gum lift before and after the results of the two approaches used, laser gum lifting is the best option. You get precise results, spend less time at the dentist’s office, and recover fast.

Is Gum Lifting Necessary?

Undergoing gum lifting for cosmetic reasons is entirely an individual’s choice. If someone does not like the appearance of their smile and are willing to invest in the procedure, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In some cases, though, the treatment is recommended on medical grounds. This is especially common for people affected by gum disease which has left the gums inflamed, swollen, or even bleeding. People with increased teeth sensitivity and overgrown gums can also benefit from gum lifting treatment. To qualify for a gum lift, you need to have healthy teeth and roots that can endure further exposure without posing any risk to the structure and function of the teeth.

Gum lifting should not be confused with gum contouring, which usually involves fixing gums that seem to be pulling back from the tooth, making the tooth appear too long, and exposing the gums. In the case of receding gums, it means you are lacking enough gum tissue and thus interventions like RejuvaGum lift are used to encourage the body to generate more gum tissue. To learn more about gummy smiles and receding gums and how they affect your oral health, visit your nearest dentist.

Serving West Hollywood and Beyond

Time to see a dentist? Let us introduce you to a new level of care at the practice of Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi, DDS, in West Hollywood, CA. Patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and all over the world have unlocked more beautiful smiles and lasting oral health with our help. We can’t wait to show you your most confident smile.