Cosmetic gum surgery, also known as aesthetic crown lengthening, can be a transformative experience for people who think that their gums rest too low or too high on their teeth. Cosmetic gum surgery, or periodontal surgery, can correct almost any deformity or gingival problem. Most people have their gums reshaped to improve the appearance of their smile. However, some people undergo gum-contouring surgery as part of other necessary periodontal procedures, such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and regenerative procedures.
Why People Seek Cosmetic Dental Surgery
Cosmetic gum surgery is the process of lengthening your teeth from the neck of the tooth upwards. When the procedure is complete, your teeth then appear to be longer and you show much less gum when you smile. People seek out Dr Levi for cosmetic gum surgery to correct:
- A “Gummy” Smile – when a patient smiles and excessive gum tissue can be seen, making teeth look too short.
- Receding Gums – when the gums move back from the tooth enamel itself. This condition is not only an aesthetic concern, but may also cause teeth to become very sensitive. It may also be a sign of gum disease.
- Pigmented Gums – when the gums become very dark in colour due to excess melanin pigment.
What to Expect During Cosmetic Gum Surgery
Cosmetic gum surgery involves reshaping excess gum and bone tissue to reveal more of your natural teeth. Depending on your situation, the lengthening procedure can be used for a single tooth or a series of teeth. Dr Levi will select from a combination of basic dental tools, lasers, and techniques to create a surgical approach that will yield the best results.
For laser surgery you may need only a topical anaesthetic applied in gel form. Laser surgery leaves no open wounds and causes minimal, if any, discomfort.
If grafts are required to correct gum imperfections, the procedure is somewhat more complex. You will have two sites that need to heal: the donor site from which the tissue was taken, and the recipient site where the tissue was attached. Both of these sites will require stitches, usually of the dissolving type. Whichever kind of cosmetic gum surgery you may need, the procedures are routine and predictable — and they can do wonders for your smile!
Don’t be afraid, we’ll do everything possible to make you comfortable. Before surgery, Dr Levi will go over precisely what he will be doing so you’ll know what to expect.
Contact us today for a consultation to learn more about cosmetic gum surgery.