When you think of a beautiful smile, what do you picture? Do you see straight, white, beautiful teeth in your mind’s eye? That’s the image that comes to mind for most people; however, some people who already have this still aren’t satisfied with their smile. You can have the most beautiful teeth, but if they’re covered with gum tissue you still might feel self-conscious about your smile.
What is a “Gummy Smile”?
If your teeth appear short or stubby, and you see a lot of your gums when you smile, it is sometimes referred to as a “gummy smile.” Many people who show a lot of gum tissue when they smile feel embarrassed about their teeth, and may tend to hide their smiles.
A Simple Solution to Reveal the Smile of Your Dreams
There is actually a simple solution for a gummy smile called a cosmetic gum lift, or gingivectomy. This treatment removes the excess gum tissue hiding your teeth with either a dental laser or a simple surgical procedure.
A gingivectomy is done with dental anesthetics and sometimes sedation to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your procedure. After a short recovery period, you’ll be able to enjoy the smile you never knew you already had!
What is the Recovery Time After a Gingivectomy?
The first week after your surgery you’ll want to eat soft foods and swish lightly with warm salt water rinses. An antibacterial mouth rinse can also be helpful during healing. You’ll have follow up visits with your dentist to ensure that your gum tissue is healing properly.
Most patients report being ready to show their new smile to the world after a few days. The healing process is accelerated for those who are treated with the dental laser as it uses light and heat to keep the surgical area sterile and sealed.
Don’t be unhappy living with a gummy smile any longer! Contact your dentist today to learn more about how a gingivectomy can help you reveal the smile of your dreams.
About Hagerty Dentistry
Dr. John J. Hagerty DDS and Dr. Gary P. Hutnik lead the progressive team at Hagerty Dentistry. High quality dentistry delivered in a relaxing, spa-like setting is what you’ll first notice when you choose our team for your dental care. Personalized attention and exceptional service is what you’ll come to expect from Hagerty Dentistry as you experience dentistry like never before.
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