Gum Lift and Recontouring

Gum Lift and Recontouring

Gum Lift and Recontouring

Our gums are an area of our mouths that are often overlooked when it comes to our dental health. Nevertheless, they play a crucially important role, helping to support our teeth and hold them securely in place. Healthy gums are also essential for a healthy body, and patients who experience gum disease have been shown to be more likely to suffer from conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke and even Alzheimer’s disease.


While some people naturally have a very ‘gummy’ smile, with teeth that appear shorter than they should be and an excess amount of gum tissue, others develop problems as a result of dental problems. Gum disease can lead to inflammation and bleeding of the gum tissue.

Many people tend to think that cosmetic dentistry procedures are designed purely to make esthetic improvements to our teeth. However, you might be surprised to know that there are also treatments that can also change and improve the appearance of our gums, enhancing the total beauty of our smile. Gum lift/recontouring can be both used as both a cosmetic and functional treatment, and an increasing number of patients are opting for the procedure each year.

Causes of excess gum tissue

There are a variety of different reasons why a patient may have excess gum tissue and therefore a ‘gummy’ smile. Some of the most common causes, include:


- A genetic predisposition. If your parents or grandparents have a gummy smile, chances are you will too.

- You have teeth that have failed to erupt properly, leaving them partially covered by gum tissue.

- Your upper jaw has overgrown slightly. This is a condition known as vertical maxillary excess and can make the gums bulge, leading them to look larger than they should.


What is a gum lift/gum recontouring?

A gum lift is recommended for patients who have an overgrowth of gum tissue, and their teeth appear shorter than they should do. Depending on the extent of overgrowth, some of the gum tissue will be cut away using special handheld tools, or the gums will be carefully manipulated so that more of the tooth is exposed. Where just manipulation is required, the procedure tends to be referred to as simply gum recontouring.


The entire procedure is performed while you are under the effects of a local anesthetic, ensuring that you won’t experience any discomfort. If you are a particularly nervous or anxious patient, it may be possible for you to have some degree of sedation to help you remain calm and still for the duration of the procedure.


Gum tissue heals extremely quickly, so while they may feel a little sore for a day or two after your appointment, you will be able to get back to your usual activities within around 24 hours. If you have any concerns during the healing process, we recommend that you get in touch with our offices as soon as possible. We may also request that you attend a follow-up appointment around a week after your gum lift/recontouring procedure so that we can check on the progress of your healing.

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If you believe that you have a gummy smile, and the way it looks is getting you down, you may be a good candidate for a gum lift/contouring cosmetic dental procedure. Our experienced and award-winning cosmetic specialist, Dr. Victoria Rubinoff, would be delighted to assess your smile and discuss your candidacy for the procedure. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices to schedule your appointment.