Gum Contouring

Drs. Joe McIntyre and Dan Whiting offer gum contouring at our Harrisonburg and Bridgewater, VA, offices to help patients with excess gum tissue achieve an enhanced smile. At Smiles for Life, gum contouring involves using a laser to remove excess gum tissue and create a more uniform, attractive gum line. Using a laser allows us to provide precise results that heal quickly. 

Who Can Benefit from a Gum Lift?

If you are in good oral health, but feel that your teeth look worn, underdeveloped, or short, you may have excess gum tissue. During a consultation, your dentist can examine your smile to determine if removal of a small amount of tissue can give you a healthier-looking smile. Patients who wish to undergo cosmetic procedures such as veneers or a smile makeover often choose to combine their treatment with gum contouring for more dramatic results.

The Procedure

Before your procedure, you dentist will meet with you to discuss your overall cosmetic goals and answer any questions you may have. Next, he will conduct a close analysis of your smile to ensure that you teeth and gums are healthy. A healthy smile foundation is absolutely necessary to the success of every cosmetic dentistry treatment, so any periodontal disease or tooth decay must be addressed before proceeding with gum contouring.

Before beginning your procedure, your doctor will numb your gum line with local anesthesia, and can offer additional sedation such as nitrous oxide to make you more comfortable. Your comfort matters to us, and we encourage patients to be open about any concerns so that we can make any necessary accommodations.

By maintaining proper oral hygiene and attending your six-month checkups, you can expect permanent results.

Your dentist will then use the dental laser to carefully remove extra tissue, either focusing on specific areas or contouring your entire gum line. The laser seals the tissue as it creates incisions, minimizing bleeding and eliminating the need for sutures. This also makes your healing and recovery time much smoother.

before and after images of gum lift

A gum lift procedure can contour excess gum tissue and reveal a more beautiful smile. 

In most cases, the procedure will take about an hour, and you can expect to return to your normal routine the same day. Your teeth and gums will be sensitive and swollen for a few days afterwards, so we recommend avoiding spicy, hard, crunchy, and hot foods. Any discomfort you experience can be managed with over-the-counter medication.

Your Recovery and Results

Within a week after your procedure, you should be completely recovered. Your enhanced smile will look healthier and more attractive, giving you a significant boost in confidence that can help you experience greater satisfaction in both your personal and professional life. By maintaining proper oral hygiene and attending your six-month checkups, you can expect permanent results.

Contact Us

To learn more about gum contouring or to schedule your consultation, message our office today or call (540) 828-2312. Our team looks forward to the opportunity to make your smile look unforgettable.