When you think of the perfect smile, many people tend to focus on the teeth. Are they straight, are they white? While these are, of course, important factors in a beautiful smile, they are not the only ones. Even if your teeth are perfectly aligned and bright white, your gums can dull your smile. If you have excess gum tissue covering your teeth, referred to as a “gummy” smile, your beautiful teeth can appear short. At National Dental Upper East Side, we can restore a natural gum line, and your beautiful smile, with an aesthetic gum lift.


A gum lift, also sometimes referred to as a crown lengthening, is designed to lessen the gumminess of your smile. It is a procedure that involves removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the surface area of your teeth and create a more natural, even gum line. In some instances, a small amount of bone may also need to be removed. When finished you are left with a natural, beautiful smile that others are sure to take notice of.


A gum lift can be completed in a single visit and is done with the help of a local anesthetic. The exact length of time it takes to complete your procedure depends upon many factors – the number of teeth being corrected, if you need to have bone removed, and the amount of tissue that needs to be removed.

In the past, a gum lift was performed with a scalpel. This manual, metal tool often resulted in significant bleeding, along with pain and swelling following the procedure. Today, at National Dental, our gum lift procedure is performed with a laser. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, we make incisions in the gum, which provide access to the roots of your teeth, along with the bone. With the laser, we remove the necessary gum tissue, and the tool cauterizes wounds as it cuts. This significantly cuts down on the amount of bleeding. If necessary, we also remove bone. When finished, your gums are washed, and then stitched closed against your teeth.


There are many benefits to a gum lift procedure:

  • Your teeth appear longer, and more natural.
  • Your gum line is made even.
  • The results are immediately noticeable.
  • Your oral health is improved. Excess gum tissue can harbor oral bacteria, which can lead to gum disease. With the extra tissue removed, bacteria have nowhere to hide when you clean your mouth.
  • An improved smile can go a long way in boosting your confidence.

Gum lifts also have another use. The procedure can be used to expose more surface area of your teeth, which then creates the space needed for a restoration, such as a crown, to be placed properly. It can also be used in the instance that you have a cavity at the gum line. A gum lift proves the space required for the decay to be fully removed and the filling to be adequately placed.

If excess gum tissue is causing your teeth to appear short, an aesthetic gum lift can help. Contact National Dental Upper East Side today at (646) 736-2206 for more information!