Do you want to treat a 'gummy smile'?
If you think your gums appear too prominent or your teeth look too short when you smile, talk to our team at Freedom Dental. Our cosmetic dentists in Melbourne will examine your mouth and let you know if you're a candidate for gum contouring surgery.
A 'gum lift' involves one or more dental procedures designed to raise and sculpt your upper gum line to help you achieve the appearance you want. If you decide that a gum lift is right for you, we'll make sure you have all the details you need about what the treatment involves, what it costs and the possible risks.
What causes a gummy smile?
You may feel you have a 'gummy smile' if your gums overlap your upper teeth more than the usual amount, if your gum line is uneven, or if your upper teeth are comparatively short. This can happen for a number of reasons, including:
- abnormal development of your teeth or jaw
- your teeth being worn down
- your upper lip rising higher than normal
- a side-effect of certain medications.
When you come in for a consultation, we'll give you a complete oral health assessment to identify the likely cause of your gummy smile and recommend the most suitable treatments.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Is a gum lift necessary?
Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that's usually chosen for aesthetic reasons by people who want to modify their appearance. However, in some cases a gummy smile can indicate an underlying oral health condition that requires more urgent treatment.
If your teeth or your upper jaw developed abnormally, this might affect your bite and require orthodontic treatment. If your teeth have been worn down by grinding or clenching, they may need to be restored using crowns. We may also recommend removing excess gum tissue if it's making it difficult to brush and floss your teeth and increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
What does gum lift treatment involve?
A gum lift is a minor surgical procedure that's carried out under local anaesthetic, so you won't feel any pain. If you feel anxiety about dental procedures, we can discuss sedation methods with you to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your treatment.
Gum contouring involves reshaping the gingival (gum) tissue to its desired appearance. It may also involve removing some of the underlying bone or extending the teeth with crowns to create the appearance of longer teeth and a more symmetrical smile.
We'll make sure you understand what the procedure involves and that you have a realistic idea of what to expect. We'll show you what your smile is likely to look like following a gum lift and work with you to develop your personalised treatment plan.
What's the recovery period for a gum lift?
Your recovery time will depend on how intensive your treatment is and whether you require sedation.
We recommend that you rest up for at least a day following your surgery, and we'll advise you on certain foods, drinks and activities to avoid for the next few days or weeks to give your gums and other mouth structures the best chance of healing successfully. You should generally avoid hard, crunchy or spicy foods during this time.
We can recommend medication to help you relieve pain and discomfort during your recovery, although aspirin should be avoided.
What are the risks?
We'll make sure you know all the possible complications and side-effects before you agree to a treatment, and we'll never recommend any procedure if we think you might not be a suitable candidate.
Following your gum lifting procedure, there is a minor risk of the gum tissue relapsing and requiring another treatment. Some patients may have an allergic reaction to anaesthesia, though this is rare.
If your gums are still swollen, bleeding or you have other unusual symptoms that last longer than 24 hours after your treatment, contact us right away to arrange an emergency appointment.
Book your free information session
If you're thinking about a gum lift or any other dental or cosmetic procedure, find out more by attending a free information session at Freedom Dental. You'll have the chance to discuss your treatment options, meet our team and tour our dental spa, and we're happy to answer any questions you have. Click here for terms and conditions.