Gum reshaping, also known as a gum lift or gum-line recontouring, is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves reshaping the gums to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile. It is often combined with other cosmetic treatments like porcelain veneers and bonding.
The procedure involves the use of a laser to remove excess gum tissue and reshape the gumline to reveal more of the tooth and create a more symmetrical appearance. It can be used to correct issues such as gummy smiles, small teeth, swollen gums, and uneven gumlines. Gum reshaping is typically a simple, painless procedure that can be completed in a single visit in the dental office and does not require stitches. It may cause some swelling and soreness in the gums, but they should resolve quickly. Most people can resume their normal daily activities on the same day of the procedure, with some dietary restrictions for a few days. It is important for people considering gum reshaping to have healthy gums and teeth, as the procedure may not be suitable for those with gum disease or decay.
If more reshaping is needed for more severe cases, our periodontist will sit down and discuss a surgical alternative.