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Cosmetic Gum Surgery Can Restore a Brilliant Youthful Smile

Surgery of any type can cause apprehension. However, cosmetic gum surgery performed by a qualified cosmetic dentistry expert is relatively simple and can greatly improve the appearance of your smile.

Cosmetic surgery is the best solution for two types of problems: The “Long Tooth Look” and the appearance of a “Gummy Smile.” These conditions are usually caused by aging, gum disease or poor oral hygiene. They are likely to become progressively worse with age. Cosmetic gum enhancement can also help people with collapsed gums in the area of a missing tooth, blackened areas between crowns and bridges, and tooth sensitivity caused by receding gums.

The “long tooth” look may be caused by receding gums or a bad bite. As we age, unhealthy gums often shrink and recede. This can leave your teeth overexposed at the gum line.

The “gummy smile” is caused by excess gum tissue, which causes the teeth to appear too short. People with a gummy smile often feel self-conscious about the amount of visible gum tissue when they smile.

How is Cosmetic Gum Surgery Performed?

The two main types of cosmetic gum procedures used to correct the long tooth look and the gummy smile differ. The gummy smile corrective treatment gently reduces the excess gum. The cosmetic dentist may use a laser to perform this type of gum enhancement, or the excess tissues may be “manicured” to achieve the desired result.

The procedure for correcting the long tooth look is an additive procedure in which healthy tissue is added in areas where it is needed. The result is a more natural looking gum line.

Will I Be Awake for This Procedure?

There are two possibilities: You may have these cosmetic procedures done in a series of office visits, or all at once. They are performed with a local anesthetic (Novocaine). There is no pain! For those patients who have fears surrounding dental work, we offer light sedation dentistry (twilight sleep). You will awaken fresh without pain, and NO memory of the procedure.

What should I do first?

Before undergoing any type of cosmetic gum surgery, discuss the procedure thoroughly with us. This procedure may be just one aspect of an overall plan with several components to improve your smile. Cosmetic gum surgery might be complimented with other cosmetic dental procedures to get your smile looking its best.

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