Cosmetic Gum Lifts

Gums are a key part of the overall health of your mouth. They support your teeth and help ensure that your smile stays full and bright. But excessive gum growth can eclipse the natural shine of your teeth and detract from the beauty of your smile. To correct long gums or a crooked gumline, Oak Park Dental offers cosmetic gum lifts.

There are many causes of excessive or uneven gum growth, from genetics to hormone changes to certain medications to periodontal disease. A "gummy smile" presents no health risks in itself, but many people dislike the look of it, as it covers up what could be a beautiful, glistening smile.

A gum lift, also known as gum contouring or gingivectomy, is the process of removing excess tissue from the gumline to expose more of the tooth enamel. This allows the gums to be shortened and reshaped, returning your teeth to their most attractive, natural-looking length. If you are concerned that too much of your gums show when you smile, this procedure may be right for you.

Options for Your Gingivectomy

Gum contouring can be completed using traditional cut-and-stitch methods or with our state-of-the-art Electrosurge soft tissue laser. While the word "laser" may sound frightening, laser gum contouring is as safe as traditional methods and has been approved by the FDA since 1990. Our dentists are adept in both approaches, and will consult with you about what will be most effective in your case. While traditional surgery is tried and true, laser surgery is known to have a faster healing time and a reduced risk of infection. Whichever method is best suited to you, you are in good hands.

What to Expect

In order to receive a gum lift, you must first receive an initial exam, when you dentist will evaluate your dental health and make recommendations as to which procedures are likely to be most helpful for you. He will listen to any concerns you have and compose a treatment plan to help you reach your goals. If you and your dentist determine that a gum lift is right for you, you'll set a date for the procedure. At your procedure appointment, your dentist will first defining areas of gum tissue to be excised. He will then provide you with anesthesia or sedation for your comfort. Using the tool your have agreed upon, your dentist will precisely sculpt your gums to the shape and length that best suits your smile. The length of the procedure may vary based on your individual needs, but should not exceed a few hours.

A Smile Tailored to You

To ensure you're receiving the results you want, one of our qualified dentist at Oak Park Dental will meet with you to examine your teeth and gums and discuss your treatment options. Besides gum contouring, we have several other cosmetic dentistry treatments that may meet your needs, such as dental veneers or bonding. Your dentist will explain every aspect of the procedures she recommends and will be happy to answer all your questions; please don't hesitate to ask! From your initial exam to the end of the procedure, our goal is to ensure that you are happy with your treatment and achieve the outcome you want.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

We invite you to join our growing patient family from throughout the Madison, WI area. We have many patients who visit us from Middleton, Verona, Oregon, Monona, and even farther out. We think this is because we offer exceptional dentistry and a relaxed environment for healing. Contact us to find out more about gingivectomy or any of our other expert services including general, family, cosmetic, and neuromuscular dentistry. We look forward to a long, healthy relationship.

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