Contour Your Gum Line with a Gum Lift
An uneven gum line or excessive gum tissue can take away from the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, a simple cosmetic dentistry treatment called a gum lift is available to quickly contour your gum line. The office of Dr. Steven M Balloch offers mild to moderate gum lift at their Hartford, CT, practice to balance out patients’ gummy smiles. The dentists remove small amounts of gum tissue to create a pleasing gum frame for your teeth. This Technique allows for precise sculpting of the gum line with virtually no bleeding or discomfort and fast recovery times.
Why a Gum Lift?
Gum lift, sometimes called crown lengthening or gum contouring, shapes the gums into an even, scalloped appearance that subtly complements your teeth. When gum tissue extends far down the teeth, it can make the smile appear gummy, and the teeth too short or small. A traditional gum lift relies on a scalpel to remove unwanted gum tissue. Although effective in meeting cosmetic goals, a gum lift with a scalpel causes bleeding and is often associated with an uncomfortable recovery. The gingibal abrasion technique has significantly mitigated these unwanted side effects for a far more comfortable experience.
The Gum Contouring Procedure
Before your procedure, your dentist will numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic. Patients suffering from dental phobia may also opt for additional sedation therapy to feel completely at ease. Next, your dentist will articulate a soft tissue diode laser over excess gum tissue. The narrow, pulsed beam of light emitted from the laser vaporizes the tissue instantly, while at the same time, sealing the incisions. This dual-action technique minimizes both bleeding and discomfort.
After your procedure, it is not uncommon to experience mild soreness or swelling for up to a week. This discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers, and should not interfere with daily tasks like speaking and chewing. Patients are advised to eat soft foods at first, and take care while brushing and flossing until the gums are no longer tender.
"Gum lifts allow for exceptionally precise treatments, with minimal discomfort or bleeding."
Advantages of Gum Lifts
When performed by experienced dentists like Dr. Balloch , a gum lift is extremely safe and effective. Patients can reap several benefits from this advanced approach to gum lifts, including:
- A high degree of cosmetic precision
- Reduced risk of infection
- Minimal bleeding and swelling
- A quick procedure
- Instant results
- Fast recovery
Learn More about Gum Lifts
A balanced gum line is a key characteristic of a beautiful smile. If you have excessive or uneven gum tissue, improve your smile and increase your self-confidence with a gum lift treatment. Whether performed by itself, or in combination with another cosmetic therapy, a gum lift can transform your grin. Learn more about the benefits of gum contouring by calling us today at (860) 899-1497, or by contacting us online.