A gum lift is a cosmetic procedure that raises and sculpts gum tissue to create a proportional smile. This procedure is recommended when a patient shows excessive gum tissue (gummy smile) and short teeth. Traditionally it is the upper 10 front teeth that are addressed since those are revealed the most in a smile. At Bunker Hill Dentistry we perform gum lifts in office. The treatment takes about 2 hours and we ensure your safety and comfort by administering local anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide. Any discomfort following the operation can be treated with medication but there is not much downtime and the pain goes away quickly. This often-neglected and under-recommended procedure can be life-changing. It will instill self-confidence and peace of mind when you smile and interact with others. With proper check-ups and cleaning, gum lift results will last many years and possibly a lifetime! Gum Graft vs. Gum Lift A gum graft is the opposite of gum lift – this procedure involves adding, not removing, gum tissue. You may require a gum graft if you have: Gingival recession caused by excessive and hard brushing Teeth clenching and grinding habits Ill-fitting teeth due to a bad bite Gum disease Gum recession is a gradual process that people don’t notice until the damage is extensive. Once the issue is identified it needs to be treated as soon as possible. Acting quickly helps to prevent tooth loss, decrease sensitivity to extreme temperatures, and of course it improves the appearance. Gum graft procedures require the use of your own gum tissue, usually from the roof of the mouth, or skin from a tissue bank. Dr. Le has received extensive continuing education in periodontal surgery and has performed numerous cases of both gum lifts and gum grafts. Take a look at his before and after photos here and visit our testimonial page to hear what our clients have to say.