Gum Lift / Gum Contouring
Excess gum tissue, sometimes referred to as a “gummy smile,” can shorten the appearance of your teeth and impact the proportion of your smile. A gum lift is a cosmetic dentistry technique used by Dr. Bittner Toohey to reshape the gums, lengthen the appearance of the teeth, and help you renew your smile with beautiful results. By recontouring gum tissue with state-of-the-art laser technology, our doctor can both minimize your recovery time and improve balance and symmetry between the teeth and gums.
For more information about gum lift treatments, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.
What is a Gum Lift?
Reshaping the gums is a cosmetic procedure that is most often used to balance the proportion of the teeth and gums for a more symmetric, harmonious appearance. Since many of our patients with a “gummy smile” feel self-conscious about the amount of gum tissue visible when they smile, patients who choose to receive a gum lift often experience a renewed self-esteem after the procedure. In addition, since there is virtually zero discomfort typically associated with laser gum contouring, patients are often able to return to their normal daily activities almost immediately.
What are the Benefits of a Gum Lift?
A laser gum lift can provide a variety of benefits for our patients who are experiencing a “gummy smile,” including:
- Elimination of excess gum tissue
- Improved balance and symmetry between the teeth and gums
- Significantly reduced discomfort with the use of laser technology
- Abbreviated recovery period
What can I expect during the Gum Lift Procedure?
Since every patient’s unique needs are different, gum lift procedures are customized to meet your individual concerns. A local anesthetic can be applied before the procedure begins to help ensure your comfort. Dr. Bittner Toohey will then guide an advanced laser along the gum line to gently reshape the tissue and lengthen the appearance of the teeth. For most patients, gum recontouring can be completed within one hour.