Jessie`Elizabeth wrote:My mum had a 'gum lift' about 6 or so years ago.
She was a practice manager for a dental surgery, so she got it done for free Lucky her.
Dont want to scare you, but she said it was the most painful and horriffic thing she has ever had to go through.
Not sure if the practice has changed since she got it done, but she had to have black stitches in for at least a week, so she had to take that time off work!
However, with saying that.. she would go back to have it done a millions times over for the fantastic results she got!
She tells anyone that will listen about how the pain was worth it! Her teeth look fantastic!
Just make sure that you have someone with you that can look after you for the first few days and stockpile soup and pain killers!
I was thinking about getting it done, stupid genetics passed the small gummy teeth down >:/ but someone told me its close to 5k+ to get it done now!
jetsetterjess wrote:I've thought about getting this done but don't have the $ to do it right now, but I have a few things I want to do to my teeth so would probably do it all then. The only thing that concerns me is that gums can recede over time, I know my mum had short teeth/more gums when younger and now in her 50's she doesn't have as much.
I had braces as a teenager and my teeth have shifted so the front ones aren't flush anymore but it's not that noticeable to other people. If I had the $ I'd get them straightened (braces/plate), whitened, gums lasered or get porcelain veneers
greensmonster wrote:I had the opposite problem too - lost a lot of gum due to recession - and had a graft last year. They cut a rectangle of skin from the roof of your mouth, scrape back the gum where the graft is going, and stitch it on.
In terms of pain... I was fairly determined not to use painkillers as I am not really into western medicine, so I opted to disregard the advice to load up on painkillers before the op. and was going to wait and see if I needed them. I was in a lot of pain the first day after the local anaesthetic wore off - just lay on the couch. But the next day was heaps better and by day 3 was pretty much pain free unless I drank something too hot. I didn't end up taking any painkillers. Not meaning to brag... just wanted to put it out there. Different people have different abilities to tolerate pain. Don't be afraid of it. It is a defense mechanism designed to help the body heal.
All the best with your decision and the procedure if you decide to have it done
erin993 wrote:Did your grafts last? How long ago did you have them done? How much recession did you have?
SmallNads wrote:A little bit of Botox can fix a gummy smile. I see it done all the time.