Question about gum lifting


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honestdoc

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"Gum lift" or gingival recontouring procedures are usually done by gum specialists (periodontists) who train for additional 3 years in the US after dental school. These procedures are usually elective (non-essential) and cosmetic to correct undesirable gum appearance. It could be the gums are too prominent "gummy smile" or receding.
 
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@Hon Is that where they cut and take pieces off your healthy thicker gum parts and then attach them to your thinner and/or darker gums? If yes then does part of the gums that the gum pieces were taken off from grow back or return to former thickness?
 

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It is called grafting where they cut off gum tissue from the palate and graft it on the recipient area. There are a few different procedures that changes, enhances, and or reinforce gum deficient areas. What concerns do you have about your gums if you are inquiring about these procedures?
 
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@hon no concern really. Its just that since I am older my gums are thinner on the bottom half of my lower gums jaw and thinner on my top half of upper gums. My dentist says my gums are in excellent shape so i don't really need anything to fix them or to treat any sort of condition like gingivitis so nothing wrong with my gums. I was told on here or somewhere that the gums get thinner or recede as we get older and so i want my gums to be thicker like they were in my prime or in my 20s for better health and appearance or to have them look like it. I know my gums use to be thicker and noticed a change in my gums where they are thinner. If I get a gum graph and part of the gums that the gum pieces are taken off from don't grow back or return to their former thickness then I don't want a gum graph
 
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So0me people naturally have a thin gum (thin biotype) and others have a thick gum (thick biotype). It really doesn't matter - one biotype is not better than another as long as they're in good health. Gum grafts are not done simply to change from thin biotype to thick biotype, so no-one would do this for you purely for aesthetics.
 
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