Gum recontouring can bring out the beauty in your smile that you didn’t even know was there. A flawed gum line, or gummy smile, can give the impression of dental flaws, even with perfect teeth. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro can recontour your gums, revealing the natural beauty of your teeth and smile.
Your gums have a dramatic impact on the look of your smile
You may be mistaking gum problems for problems with your teeth. Gum recontouring can correct:
- Excessive gum tissue
- Red or puffy gums
- Uneven gum line
Problem such as these can make your teeth appear:
- Too short
If you have any these problems, you may not need work on your teeth at all. Gum recontouring may be all that you need for a beautiful, healthy smile.
Comfortable and safe
Our dentists use a soft tissue laser for gum recontouring. This is very different from gum recontouring surgery with a scalpel. Old methods cut away gum tissue, leaving an open wound which was painful, slow to heal, involved significant swelling, and carried a high risk of infection.
The soft tissue laser is much more precise and seals the incision as it goes. Benefits include:
- Reduced discomfort
- Reduced healing time
- Far less swelling
- Greatly lowered risk of infection
- More accurate results
Bringing it all together
Gum recontouring can be performed as a stand alone treatment or in combination with other procedures, such as tooth whitening, to bring out the natural beauty of your smile.
When gum recontouring is not enough, Dr. LeSueur or Dr. Dodaro can use the hard tissue laser to reshape teeth as well.
Gum Recontouring Questions
What is gum recontouring?
Gum recontouring, sometimes called a gum lift, is the reshaping of your gum line. Excess tissue is removed and uneven gum line is corrected.
What can gum recontouring do for me?
Gum recontouring can bring out the natural beauty of your smile in many ways, correcting the appearance of:
- A gummy smile
- Teeth which look too short
- Teeth which appear uneven
- Red, puffy gums
- An unhealthy looking smile
I’ve heard horror stories about pain and infection after gum recontouring. Has something changed?
Yes it has! Old methods of gum recontouring meant cutting away at your gums with a scalpel. Today’s gum recontouring is performed with a soft tissue laser. The laser seals the incision as it goes, significantly reducing bleeding, swelling, pain, exposure to infection, and your recovery time.
Can gum recontouring damage my teeth?
No. The soft tissue laser operates on a frequency that only targets your gums – not your teeth!
What if I want my teeth reshaped, too?
Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro can use the hard tissue laser to reshape your teeth if needed.
When will I be back to normal?
Any pain and swelling should subside in a few days after your procedure.