Lip Repositioning IN LAS VEGAS & HENDERSON, NV
ANTHEM PERIO, LAS VEGAS' CHOICE FOR ADVANCED PERIODONTICS
Lip repositioning is a safe and effective procedure commonly performed for patients who are unsatisfied with the aesthetic appearance of their smile. Gummy smile (excessive gingival display) is characterized by excess gum tissue present underneath the upper lip, resulting in an uneven or imbalanced ratio of gum to teeth. Gummy smile can be caused by delayed passive eruption or maxillary anterior teeth over-eruption, excessive vertical growth of the maxilla bone, lip elevator muscle hyperfunction, genetic predisposition, or any combination of these factors.
Although not always an indication of an underlying health issue, many patients feel dissatisfied with the aesthetic appearance of their smile. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to correct a gummy smile, one of which is lip repositioning. Although historically this type of procedure was generally avoided due to significant risk of scarring, advances in technology and new dental techniques have significantly improved the effectiveness and safety of this procedure, making lip repositioning a viable treatment option.
Benefits of Lip Repositioning
Patients who have lip repositioning performed will benefit in the following ways:
- Desired aesthetic appearance of smile, which can improve self-confidence
- Fast recovery
- No external scarring
- Instant improvement of your gummy smile
- Corrects gummy smile, resulting in proportionate ratio of gum and teeth
- Decreased need for fillers
- Increased lip volume
- Length between mouth and nose shortened
- Shortened appearance of lower midface
- Enhanced mouth sensuality
- Youthful looking lips
The Lip Repositioning Procedure
An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine if lip repositioning is the right treatment option for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health and identify any underlying issues. Following this examination, we will explain available treatment options and answer any questions you have.
If it is determined that you are a good candidate for lip repositioning, your follow-up appointment will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Next, a small strip of tissue is removed from your upper lip and the exposed area is sutured shut, resulting in a lowered and more attractive positioning of your lip, providing nearly instantaneous results. This procedure can typically be completed under one hour and generally does not require follow-up appointments.
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Aftercare Following Lip Repositioning
Once your procedure is complete, we will provide post-operative instructions to ensure that you minimize your risk of developing complications and enjoy a fast a recovery time. Following a lip repositioning procedure, it is common to experience sensitivity, swelling, and mild discomfort, but this can typically be managed using ice packs and over the counter pain relieving medication. If you are prescribed pain relieving medication and/or antibiotics, it is essential to follow the recommended dose until the prescription runs out. One of the most important aftercare instructions to follow is sticking to a soft food diet following your procedure, slowly reintroducing harder foods as your healing process progresses.
Once you have fully recovered, you can return to your normal diet and self-care practices, however, taking consistent good care of your oral health will reduce the likelihood of needing similar treatments in the future, especially if this procedure was performed because of improper or insufficient self-care. Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice daily (at a minimum) for at least two minutes each time. Also, remember to brush your tongue and cheeks, as well as behind the lower and upper front teeth.
Flossing at least once a day and being mindful of the type of foods and beverages you consume are also important steps to maintaining good oral health and preserving the integrity of your implants. Finally, continuing to schedule regular checkups every six months (or more if necessary) is the most important step you can take to maintain your oral health and identify and correct issues before they develop into something more significant. By following these best practices, you will maximize your recovery process and continue to enjoy good oral health!
Cost of Lip Repositioning
The cost of lip repositioning is contingent on a variety of factors, including the severity of your case, and whether dental sedation is used. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.
Before scheduling your appointment, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods and/or a payment arrangement made in advance with our office.
For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
Schedule Your Appointment
At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, your oral health is our number one goal. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive periodontal support you need to continue enjoying a bright, healthy smile. To learn more or schedule an appointment for lip repositioning, contact our office at (702) 270-4600. We look forward to providing you with quality care tailored to your unique needs!