How Gum Reshaping Can Enhance Your Smile

Gum contouring, or tissue sculpting, is a cosmetic dental procedure that can even out an uneven gum line to give you a beautiful smile. It is most often performed on people with gummy smiles who have teeth that look small because they are covered by too much gum tissue.


The procedure is performed with a laser, which allows the dentist to make a more precise cut and decrease bleeding. Most patients experience little pain and heal quickly after the treatment.

What is the procedure?

A common problem that many people suffer from is a receding gum line that leaves too much of the roots exposed and vulnerable to tooth decay and infections. This can happen as a result of overly aggressive brushing or extreme periodontal disease, but it can also be hereditary and exacerbated by conditions such as diabetes, Crohn’s, or some medications, including anti-seizure and immunosuppressant drugs.

The cosmetic procedure known as gum reshaping can help you regain confidence in your smile by reducing the appearance of your gum tissue and exposing more of the natural teeth. It is performed with a diode laser, which allows the surgeon to trim away excess soft tissue in a very precise manner. The laser also cauterizes and seals the area as it cuts, which makes this type of surgery less painful than other forms of gum reshaping, such as those that use scalpels.

Depending on how extensive the gum work is, the recovery process can take days to a few weeks. You may want to schedule time off of work to recover, and you should eat a soft diet to allow the gums to heal properly. Over-the-counter pain relievers, icing and cold compresses can help reduce discomfort and swelling during recovery.

If you are interested in having your gums reshaped, contact our office today to see if you are a candidate for this procedure. We will be happy to help you make a decision that is best for your smile and dental health.

How long will the procedure take?

Many patients who seek gum reshaping do so to eliminate a “gummy smile” and improve their appearance. However, the procedure can also be used to restore receding gum tissue and protect teeth from decay. It can even serve as an alternative to more invasive procedures such as periodontal disease treatment, which involves deep cleaning and antibiotics.

The first step in the gum reshaping process is numbing the area with a topical anesthetic. The doctor then uses a laser to trim and shape the gum tissue. This method is more precise than a scalpel and results in less bleeding. This means that a suture is not needed, and recovery time is shorter.

Depending on the extent of the gum reshaping, there may be some pain or tenderness in the days following the procedure. This can be helped with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, but aspirin should be avoided as it thins the blood and can cause excessive bleeding during the healing process. It is also important to follow a diet of soft foods (like yogurt, soup, and ice cream) for a few days after the surgery.

Once the pain and tenderness subside, it is recommended that you brush and floss your teeth as usual but with gentle care to avoid irritating the gums. You should also attend a follow-up appointment to ensure the gums are healing properly and that no infection is developing.

What are the risks of the procedure?

Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure, but it can also be performed for health reasons. Patients with excess gum tissue may have difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene, as their teeth and gums are more prone to plaque buildup and gum disease. Gum reshaping can reduce these risks by allowing the patient to brush and floss their teeth more effectively.

The recovery from gum reshaping surgery can vary depending on how extensive the work was. If a large amount of tissue was removed, it may take weeks or even a month for the gums to heal. However, if your dentist used lasers to perform the reshaping, healing is much faster since dental lasers cauterize as they cut.

After the procedure, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for a proper recovery. This will likely include avoiding eating anything that is too hard or could cut the gums and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed to reduce discomfort and swelling.

It is also important to avoid any strenuous activity that can cause blood flow to the gums and lead to increased inflammation. For example, if you’re planning on hitting the gym after your appointment, postpone it for a week. Your doctor may also recommend using an antiseptic mouthwash to help reduce the risk of infection. They will also want to see you for a follow-up visit to ensure that the gums are healing properly.

Are the results permanent?

Gum reshaping is a cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the look of your smile. If you have a tooth that’s too short or teeth that appear crooked due to uneven gum lines, our dentists can even out your gumline with cutting-edge laser technology for beautiful results.

Before the surgery, we numb your gums with an anesthetic and use a laser to trim and shape your gum tissue. The laser is much less invasive than using a scalpel and also cauterizes the tissue as it cuts, minimizing bleeding and allowing you to heal faster. In addition, patients experience far less discomfort after the procedure with lasers.

Recovery from gum contouring will depend on the extent of reshaping, but patients can expect to feel soreness after the anesthesia wears off. We may prescribe pain relievers or recommend over-the-counter options such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin). Patients should avoid foods that could cut or poke the gums during this time, such as hard or crunchy food.

You will need to brush and floss your teeth regularly, but be gentle with the new gum tissue. Rough brushing can damage the delicate area and slow healing. We’ll schedule a follow-up visit to ensure that your gums are healing properly and then let you know when you can return to all of your normal dietary habits.