Patients who have uneven gums or a “gummy smile” may find themselves feeling extremely self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles. With the help of Dr. Daniel Pulsipher of Springs Dental, Murietta, CA area patients can obtain results with a cosmetic treatment known as a gum lift. The gum lift surgery can contour the edges of the gums and ensure they are in balance and harmony with the teeth.

What is gum lift surgery?

Our team describes the gum lift as a cosmetic dental procedure that can improve the appearance of your smile. The surgery involves reshaping the gum tissue to expose more of the teeth. This can make your teeth look longer and your smile more symmetrical. Gum lift surgery is also known as a gingivectomy or gum contouring.

Who is a good candidate for the gum contouring treatment?

If you are dissatisfied with the way your teeth look because of excess gum tissue, you may be a good candidate for gum lift surgery. Your dentist or oral surgeon will work with you to determine if this type of surgery is right for you. Gum lift surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day as your surgery.

What are the causes of uneven gums?

There are a variety of reasons why you might have uneven gums. Genetics can play a role, as can certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Poor oral hygiene also leads to gum disease, which can cause your gums to become swollen and red. Getting a proper diagnosis of the condition and treating it before issues arise can keep uneven gums from occurring. However, if they do, the gum lift surgery may be an option once gum disease has been controlled and maintained properly.

What can I expect from the gum contouring surgery procedure?

Gum lift surgery is usually performed using a laser. Dr. Daniel Pulsipher of Springs Dental will numb the treatment area before starting the procedure. He will then use the laser to remove excess gum tissue and reshape the gums. The surgery usually takes less than an hour to complete and provides a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the smile.

How much does gum lift surgery cost?

The cost of gum lift surgery varies due to several different factors. The out-of-pocket cost of the treatment will be determined after dental insurance benefits have been applied. The remaining fees can be discussed with our front office team at Springs Dental to arrange a payment or financing plan if needed, ensuring everyone has access to this procedure for themselves.

Understanding the gum contouring recovery process

You may experience both swelling and discomfort after your surgery, but this can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. Most people take about a week or two off from work to recover, but you should be able to return to normal activities in just a few days. It is important to avoid strenuous activity and brush gently around the treatment area while you heal.

Dr. Daniel Pulsipher and his team will give you specific instructions on how to care for your mouth after your surgery. Following these instructions carefully will help you heal quickly and reduce your risk of complications.

Are there any risks associated with gum lift surgery?

As with any surgical treatment, there are a few risks associated with gum lift surgery. These risks include infection, bleeding, and reactions to anesthesia. However, these risks are rare and can be significantly reduced by following aftercare instructions from Dr. Daniel Pulsipher.

How do I learn more about the gum lift procedure?

If you are thinking about gum lift surgery and live in the area of Murrieta, CA, call Springs Dental today to talk to Dr. Daniel Pulsipher about your options. The office is located at 39755 Murietta Hot Springs Road and is open to new patients who call for appointments at (951) 461-2310.

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