Gum Lift Procedure

Gum Lift Procedure

A gum lift, also known as a gingivectomy, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure which improves the aesthetics of your smile by ensuring the gum line of your teeth is in the best possible position to show off your teeth.

Gingivectomies are often done in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments, such as veneers or crowns. The aim of a gum lift is to restructure excessive or uneven gum tissue surrounding your teeth so your gums are symmetrical and in proportion to your smile, rather than having a gummy smile.


The procedure is quick and relatively painless. The gum area around the front teeth is usually the only area corrected, as this is the most visible section of your smile. The dentist will cut into and reshape the unsightly gum area, using a soft tissue laser to seal off the blood vessels and minimise any bleeding.

There are no stitches involved, and the procedure is usually very quick and relatively painless. You should be able to eat and drink within 24 hours after surgery, and your gums will heal completely within the week after.


In our Bluffton office we use the Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser. The Gemini is the first dual-wavelength soft tissue diode laser available in the United States. The unique dual-wavelength technology combines the optimal melanin absorption properties with the optimal water absorption properties. The laser features 20 watts of peak super-pulsed power, which means faster, smoother cutting with less tissue tagging.


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