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Gum Lifts

by on March 30, 2012

Gum lifts involve the removal of gum to make the teeth appear longer and the gum line even. It is also known as gingivectomy. This procedure involves working with the underlying tissues and bones and aims at rendering symmetrical teeth to make the individual’s smiles look aesthetically appealing and attractive. This process, also called crown lengthening, aims at covering up the ‘gummy’ smile of an individual.

People who have excess gum covering the front teeth and the upper lip that come up high when they smile are often self conscious of their smiles. An uneven gum line can make the teeth to appear to have different lengths. People with tainted or infected teeth where the damage has gone past the gum line are the ideal candidates for a gum lift. Removal of gingival tissue/ gum lift can be undertaken when:

ü  There is abnormal wear and tear of the teeth which in turn makes the normal gum line to look abnormal.

ü  There is irritation due to the presence of braces

ü  The gums do not move back naturally when a new tooth emerges.

ü  The lip is unusually high such that the gum line becomes clearly visible.

ü  There are problems: periodontis, dryness and tooth decay beyond a certain extent can necessitate the procedure.

ü  The gums do not move back naturally when a new tooth emerges.

A gum lift procedure starts with the numbing of the gums. This is usually followed by the creation of incision on the gums. These incisions further help in relocating the gums from their natural position. Following this, the dentist reshapes the tissues surrounding the gum and the underlying bones so as to make it look aesthetically pleasing. Placement of stitches to cover up the incision follows and this is deemed to be the last step of the procedure. This procedure is not painful, but some mild discomfort can be expected a day or two after the procedure. The gum is not damaged due to the procedure as long as the dentist has experience, and removes the proper amount. It a procedure that can be completed in 30 minutes.

Healthy, well contoured gum tissues compliment and frame the teeth. A gum lift cannot only give someone a beautiful smile, but it also enhances confidence and boosts self esteem.

 

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