By: Dr. Christopher Lim
Posted on: August 9, 2019
The human eye is immediately drawn to symmetry. The sight of rolling hills, straight tree trunks, or an uninterrupted shoreline is soothing. The visual shock of an abrupt break in symmetry can have a strong artistic effect, but it’s probably not one you want in your smile. Healthy pink gums balanced with evenly spaced, straight, white teeth produce the kind of show stopping smile that Las Vegas residents value. Hillside Dental’s Dr. Christopher Lim delivers that look with a procedure called gum lift.
When you smile, ideally only upper teeth show, or perhaps a little of the lower arch. Gingival (gum) tissue is hidden by the upper lip. When gum tissue extends too far down, teeth look short and out of harmony with proportions of the face – like a child who still has baby teeth. You might hear this referred to as a “gummy smile.” A gum lift (also called crown lengthening) enhances your smile by creating the aesthetically pleasing appearance of teeth that are longer, or by balancing an asymmetrical gum line.
In the past, re contouring of gum tissue involved a surgical procedure with stitches and extended recovery time. Dr. Lim uses advanced laser technology to gently reshape the gum line of front teeth. With a great deal of experience in this procedure, he applies artistry and precision to remove just the right amount of excess tissue. Use of local anesthesia keeps you comfortable, and there’s little or no bleeding. Usually residual discomfort, if any, is easily managed with over the counter analgesics. Patients are able to drink and eat normally the next day.
As part of a full smile makeover, a gum lift beautifully complements other cosmetic treatments such as professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or crowns. Then, a good program of preventive dentistry keeps your new smile looking fabulous. You can count on Hillside Dental for instruction on proper brushing and flossing techniques, thorough oral examinations, and periodontal healthcare.
A gum lift boosts more than your smile. It also gives your self-confidence a big lift. If you’ve been hiding your smile because of small teeth or low gums, call Hillside Dental today at (702) 666-8584 for a consultation with Dr. Lim. He’ll talk with you about how to get the smile of your dreams and keep it healthy.