Gum Lift

A gum lift raises and sculpts the gum line by reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones. The procedure can be performed using scalpels or lasers. A pen is used to draw a line to mark the new gum line and then the excess gum tissues are gently removed and a new gum line is reshaped. The bone at the front of the tooth's root may also be removed during the procedure to get the best long-term results.

Ideal candidates have excess gum tissue or are suffering from a "gummy smile ". Patients with insufficient tooth root material, unhealthy oral tissues or bleeding disorders are not suitable candidates.

The typical cost for a gum lift ranges from $500-$3000. The final cost depends on the amount of work to be done, hospital or surgical facility fees, anesthesia fees, the surgeon's level of expertise and the geographic location of the procedure.

The procedure creates the appearance of symmetrical teeth which makes the smile more aesthetically pleasing. Patients are advised to rest and limit their activities after the surgery. Complete healing of the gums takes a few days or weeks. Patients should avoid eating hard foods, spicy foods or anything with seeds until the gum has completely healed. The results from the procedure are permanent.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

submitted on   Tue Jan, 26, 2016 by Kevin Brown, DDS     
A dental bridge uses a fixed prosthetic device to address missing teeth. The device is called a dental bridge because it bridges a gap between one or more missing teeth. The process uses the adjacent teeth to support the bridge/artificial teeth located in-between the natural teeth. The...