How Gum Reshaping Can Enhance Your Smile

Many cosmetic dentistry procedures involve a recovery time and you may need to limit your diet for a few days to ensure the gums heal properly. You can take over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen to manage any discomfort or swelling.


Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses scalpels or lasers to remove excess gum tissue. It can improve the appearance of your smile and expose more of your teeth.

Removing Gummy Smiles

Many people have gummy smiles, which can be caused by a number of things. Sometimes it’s because the teeth are crooked or small and they need to be fixed with orthodontic treatment. In other cases, it’s because the gum tissue is too high when a person smiles. It can also be caused by the type of facial bone structure that a person has. In these cases, a person might need a jaw surgery or a procedure called maxillofacial surgery to fix the problem.

Luckily, there are quite a few different methods that can be used to remove a gummy smile. These methods are categorized as surgical and non-surgical, so you can choose which one is right for you. Some of the most popular non-surgical treatments include lip exercises, Botox injections, crown lengthening, and veneers.

These techniques will all help to reduce the amount of gum tissue that is visible when a person smiles. Some of these treatments are even permanent. They’ll also help to give a person a more balanced appearance as far as the proportions of their face are concerned. This is because the ideal facial harmony is 1/3 for the forehead, 1/3 for the nose/mid face/maxilla, and 1/3 for the lower jaw/chin area. Using one of these treatment options will help to fix a gummy smile and make it look more harmonious.

Restoring Gums

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that enhances your smile by reshaping the gum tissue around your teeth. It can also be used to correct tooth loss by regrowing receding gums. It is an alternative to more invasive gum lift surgery procedures that involve taking tissue from elsewhere in the mouth and grafting it onto your gums.

A dental laser is typically used for gum reshaping because it offers more precision than traditional scalpels. It cauterizes as it cuts, which reduces bleeding and makes it easier for your mouth to heal.

The procedure starts with a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort during treatment. Sedation may be available if you have anxiety or fear of oral surgery.

During the gum reshaping process, dentists like Mark Arooni remove excess gum tissue to expose more of your natural tooth structure. They can also extend your gum line if you have a short one.

While the procedure is usually considered a cosmetic procedure, it can be medically necessary in some cases. However, your doctor will examine your mouth and teeth to make sure they are healthy enough for this procedure before you schedule a consultation. If they find that your teeth and gums are not healthy, you will need to undergo restorative or periodontal treatments before undergoing this procedure.

Increasing Self-Esteem

If you are self-conscious about the size of your gums or your smile, you can benefit from a cosmetic procedure known as gum reshaping. Using a laser, this treatment removes excessive or uneven gum tissue to create a healthy frame for your teeth. Whether you are concerned about a gummy smile or an unbalanced gum line, the results of this quick and pain-free procedure can be life-changing.

Many patients choose to undergo this treatment to address a gummy smile, which causes the teeth to appear short and smaller than they should. This condition is caused by a large amount of gum tissue, and it is a common cause for low self-esteem and confidence. Gum reshaping will remove the excess gum tissue, revealing more of the natural tooth structure and creating an even frame for your smile.

This procedure is also sometimes recommended for health reasons, as it can reduce the occurrence of periodontal disease and tooth decay. Overgrown gum tissue can trap food particles and make them difficult to remove with brushing or flossing, thereby exposing the teeth to plaque and increasing the risk of tooth damage. Gum reshaping eliminates the excess tissue, helping you to maintain good oral health and a healthy smile for longer.

If you are interested in learning more about how gum reshaping can improve your smile, contact Bash Dental today to schedule an evaluation. We use the latest laser instruments to perform this procedure, ensuring that you experience minimal pain and discomfort after treatment.

Reducing Pain

While gum reshaping is usually done under a local anesthetic, pain can still occur post-surgery. Whether or not this happens and to what degree depends on how much gum tissue has to be removed or grafted. Also, the type of tools used for surgery is important. For example, if a scalpel is used then sutures will be necessary and there will be more overall irritation. This is why many dentists use dental lasers for gum reshaping as they don’t necessitate cutting and can greatly reduce recovery time.

After a patient has undergone gum reshaping, they will be asked to avoid eating any foods that could cut, poke or irritate the surgery site. Patients can also expect some swelling and discomfort after the procedure but these symptoms will typically subside quickly. Over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen are typically recommended to help alleviate any discomfort but it is important that these medications are not aspirin-based as this can increase bleeding at the surgery site.

The team at Mark Arooni DDS can help you achieve a more even gum line, reducing the appearance of gummy smiles and giving your teeth a healthy and beautiful glow. If you’re interested in having this cosmetic dentistry procedure performed, contact the office today to schedule a consultation. If the procedure is being done for health reasons then it’s likely that your insurance company will cover a portion of the costs.