Your teeth are a critical component of your smile. However, they are not the only factor. Your gums also play an important role Even if your teeth are straight, white and blemish free; your smile may not be what you want it to be. Excess gum tissue can give you a “gummy” smile, which makes your teeth appear smaller than normal. At National Dental Sunnyside, we can perform an aesthetic gum lift, which will restore a more natural appearance to your teeth and gums, and greatly improve the quality of your smile.


An aesthetic gum lift, also referred to as a crown lengthening, is a procedure that is designed to remove the excess tissue that is causing your gummy smile. It restores your teeth to a more natural size and creates a more even gum line. Depending on your specific circumstances, a small amount of bone may also need to be removed in conjunction with the tissue to achieve the desired results.


Your aesthetic gum lift is performed under a local anesthetic. While the length of your procedure depends mainly on how many teeth are being worked on and if any bone needs to be removed, an aesthetic gum lift can be completed in a single visit. After your local anesthetic, incisions are made in your gums, exposing the roots of your teeth, and your jawbone. We remove the excess gum tissue (and bone, if necessary). When we are finished, your gums are stitched up and sit snug against your teeth.

For years, this procedure was done using a scalpel. While this manual tool is highly effective, it also has some drawbacks. It causes significant bleeding during your procedure. The tool also causes significant tissue trauma, which then leads to uncomfortable pain and swelling while you heal.

At National Dental, our aesthetic gum lift is performed using laser dentistry. Instead of a scalpel, we use a high-intensity laser beam. The light produced is about the thickness of a human hair, and is extremely accurate. It cauterizes as it cuts, minimizing bleeding. Its accuracy also minimizes tissue trauma, which means significantly reduced pain and swelling while you recover.


A gum lift can also be used for functional purposes as well. It can be used if excess gum tissue is prohibiting the placement of a dental crown. The success of a dental crown depends on how it fits over the crown of your tooth. By removing the excess gum tissue, your crown will provide you with the most effective results. A gum lift can also be used if you have a cavity at your gum line. Removing the excess tissue allows for the decay to be completely removed and the filling to be placed effectively.


Aesthetic gum lifts have several benefits:

  • Your teeth are restored to a more normal size appearance.
  • Your gum line is made more even.
  • Results are noticeable right away.
  • By removing excess gum tissue, your oral health will also improve.

If you have excess gum tissue that is dimming the beauty of your smile, you may be a candidate for an aesthetic gum lift. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call National Dental Sunnyside today at (718) 925-3365.