Do You Need a Gum Lift?

Is your self-confidence affected by the fact that too much of your gums show when you smile? Then you might want to consider a gum lift procedure. What is a gum lift, you ask?

A gum lift—also referred to as gingivectomy—is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves graving and raising the gums to make teeth appear longer and the gum line uniform. The process aims to make the teeth appear symmetrical, which in turn can improve your smile.

In the past, a gingivectomy was a painful procedure. It involved incising the gums, stitching, and considerable recovery time. Today, the process can be done using lasers, which require minimal recovery. You can even expect to eat normally in just a day.

The Gum Lift Procedure

Just before the gum lift procedure, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth. This ensures the process is as comfortable and painless as possible. The dental professional will then gently trim the excess gum tissue using a diode laser.

These specialized lasers are designed to cauterize the skin while they’re cutting, which minimizes bleeding and the risk of infection. A gum lift procedure normally requires just a single dental appointment to complete.

While you’ll feel some post-surgery pain, it shouldn’t last for more than a week, and you can use over-the-counter pain relievers to ease the discomfort. Eat only soft food after the procedure, and you should avoid spicy food or foods with small seeds that could get stuck under your healing gums. Be sure to be gentle while brushing and avoid flossing during the recovery period.

Are a Good Candidate for A Gum Lift?

If you have an uneven gum line, or your teeth are partially covered by your gums and appear short, then you are a candidate for a gum lift. Also, individuals who have a receding gum line as a result of gum disease can undergo the procedure to restore their gum line and safeguard their teeth roots.

People born with thin lips that can lead to a gummy smile may also benefit from a gum lift. It can also be an effective option if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), which wears your teeth down.

To qualify for a gum lift procedure, you must have healthy teeth and roots that can be further exposed without comprising the structure and function of the tooth.


When you schedule a gum lift, your periodontist will explain what you should expect during and after the procedure. As with any health professional, it is important to work with a reputable periodontist.

You don’t want to have too much gum removed as it can expose parts of your teeth that ought to remain beneath the gum line. If performed by a qualified professional, a gingivectomy can make a significant difference in your appearance, leaving you with a beautifully improved and charming smile… and you’ll regain your self-confidence as well.

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