Say the word “smile” and most people think of teeth. The truth is, however, your smile consists of teeth and gums. With too much gum tissue showing, you may not be happy with your smile. Actually, the problem isn’t that you have small teeth, but that there is excessive gum tissue covering your natural tooth structure. Remove some of that tissue and you’ll have a well-balanced smile. The procedure for this is called a gum lift. Dr. Scott is the dentist in West Monroe who performs this with care and precision. Read on to learn more about a gum lift for both cosmetic and restorative purposes.
What Causes Excess Gum Tissue?
There are a couple of reasons. The most common is genetics. Every detail of your smile is programmed in your genes. That doesn’t mean, however, you must simply accept the smile Mother Nature gave you. On the contrary, a gum lift is just one of many cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give you a smile that’s better than the one you have naturally.
Another reason for unsightly gums is gum disease. This bacterial infection weakens gum and the underlying bone structure that supports your teeth. As the disease advances, gum tissue begins to pull away from your teeth. As this happens, teeth roots are exposed, which not only makes your teeth look unusually long (the opposite effect of a gummy smile) but also increases the likelihood of serious decay and eventual tooth extraction. In this case, a gum lift may be needed conjunction with periodontal therapy that includes pocket reduction and other restorative procedures.
A Gum Lift in West Monroe
Before beginning your gum lift surgery, Dr. Scott will mark your gums with a special pen. This allows you to see exactly where your new gum line will be and it helps Dr. Scott the minimal amount of tissue required to create a more pleasing smile.
Your gum lift will be performed by soft tissue laser, Electrosurge, or traditional surgery. Dr. Scott will be able to determine which option is best for you. After administering a local anesthetic, your gum line is reshaped. If the procedure is performed with soft tissue laser or Electrosurge, then sutures will not be necessary but you will want to rest up for the remainder of the day. Traditional surgery does necessitate stitches and few days of recovery can be expected.
Contact Our Office Today
If your gum line makes your smile look uneven and your teeth too small, then consider having a gum lift. Dr. Scott would be happy to evaluate your smile. Call our office to schedule a consultation.