Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Roman Shlafer, Now Performs Gum Lifts To Provide Farmington Hills, MI Patients With Esthetically Pleasing Smiles

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Dr. Roman Shlafer offers periodontal plastic surgery procedures for patients who are not happy with their smile; people will describe this as a “gummy smile.” When a patient has excess gums, a gum lift can be performed to reshape the gums and bone tissue, and significantly improve their smile. This type of surgery may be performed for esthetic reasons or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Roman shlafer in his Detroit, MI office.

Dr. Roman Shlafer performs periodontal plastic surgery for patients with "gummy" smiles.

Roman Shlafer, DDS, PLLC, knows how important it is for patients to feel good about their smiles. When a smile appears gummy, a patient may be embarrassed and may lose the confidence to smile. Periodontal plastic surgery such as esthetic crown lengthening or a gum lift can make an impactful difference to a person's smile. The excess gum and bone tissue can be removed and the smile reshaped for a more pleasing and youthful appearance.

When cosmetic procedures are performed on the gums to improve the health or appearance of the smile, it is referred to as periodontal plastic surgery. When excess gums leave only a small portion of the teeth showing, Dr. Shlafer utilizes the esthetic crown lengthening or gum lift procedure. The gums are reshaped by removing bone tissue and gum tissue that is not needed. The visible part of the teeth will be more balanced with the visible part of the gums, and the crowns of the teeth will appear longer.

Not only can a gum lift help a smile look more balanced, it can greatly improve dental health. When excess gums are removed and more surface area of the teeth is exposed, the pocket depth between teeth can be reduced so that there is less space for harmful bacteria to grow. If a tooth has broken off below the gum line this procedure is used so that more root surface is available to allow for a successful crown placement.

The esthetic crown lengthening procedure requires a local anesthetic and small incisions in the gum tissue to aid in removal of excess gums and bone. The gums and bone are reshaped and the incisions cleaned with sterile water. The incisions are closed with sutures and protective bandages are placed. The entire procedure only takes about an hour to complete. Patients whose smiles are excessively gummy, or who require certain restorative or cosmetic procedures performed, may benefit from this procedure. More information about periodontal plastic surgery and esthetic crown lengthening can be found at

Dr. Roman Shlafer is a general practitioner offering patients personalized dental care for Farmington, Michigan since 1986. Dr. Shlafer received his DDS from the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry, where he studied under top reconstructive and cosmetic dentists. He completed his graduate studies at the Center for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Shlafer is part of the American Dental Association and is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Shlafer and his dental services visit his website at and call (248) 918-4205.

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