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Gum Contouring

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.

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What is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that is often part of a smile makeover. It involves reshaping and sculpting the gum line to create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance. By removing excess gum tissue or reshaping the gums, a more proportionate smile can be achieved, enhancing the overall attractiveness of the teeth.

During gum contouring, the dentist or periodontist (gum specialist) will carefully evaluate the patient’s gum line and determine the areas that require adjustment. The procedure is typically performed using a local anesthetic to ensure comfort.

The dentist will use a soft tissue laser or a scalpel to remove or reshape the gum tissue as needed. The goal is to create a more harmonious balance between the gums and teeth. The procedure can be performed on a single tooth or multiple teeth, depending on the individual’s needs and goals.

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How Does a Gum Contouring Work?

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Gum contouring can address several cosmetic concerns, such as:

By addressing these concerns, gum contouring can significantly improve the aesthetics of a person’s smile, boosting their self-confidence and overall satisfaction with their appearance. It is important to consult with a qualified dentist or periodontist to determine if gum contouring is the right treatment option for achieving the desired smile makeover.

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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.

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The Procedure

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.
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Initial Consultation

Meet with your dentist to discuss your cosmetic goals and ask any questions you may have. Conduct a close analysis of your smile to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums. Address any existing periodontal disease or tooth decay before proceeding with gum contouring.
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Preparing for the Procedure

Administer local anesthesia to numb the gum line. Offer additional sedation options, such as nitrous oxide, to enhance your comfort during the procedure. Encourage open communication regarding any concerns to make necessary accommodations.
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Gum Contouring Procedure

Begin the gum lift procedure once you are comfortable and the anesthesia has taken effect. Use a soft tissue laser or surgical tools to remove excess gum tissue or reshape the gum line. Carefully trim or shape the gums to create a more balanced and proportionate appearance. Ensure precision and accuracy throughout the procedure to achieve the desired outcome.
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Post-Procedure Care

Provide post-procedure instructions on how to care for your gums and maintain oral hygiene. Prescribe any necessary medications, such as pain relievers or antibiotics, to aid in healing and prevent infection. Schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or complications.
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Linda Clague

Alex, . Morgan, and Dr Geo are very personable and professional. I felt very relaxed the entire visit.I especially appreciated Dr. Geo's careful mouth and teeth exam. They explained everything step by step and allowed time for questions.


On my first visit I meet Becky, we sat down and talked about everything they do there and she allowed me to tell her about my issues with my teeth and she felt that they could help me with my problem. This is the first time I have ever been able to explain, in detail, about my past and present experiences with my dental problems. She made me feel very comfortable in taking about my care and what I would like to have done with my denture issue's. I have set up my next appointment to have x-rays done and feel very good about that! I'm looking forward to my visit and what they have to say about fixing my problem .

Dolly Kite

My dad had the appt there at the office for a broken tooth. They worked him in and made the experience as pleasant as possible for an 86 year old man. I appreciate the care, understanding and patience for him. Great visit! Great Doctor!!

beverly morris

I go to smiles for life I can't thank them enough for there kindness and caring I really like Dr Geo there all awesome but he's my favorite ♥️ they are all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable just like one big Happy family

Lynn Reedy

The best staff !! The most friendly staff of any dentist office I have ever been too. Dr Geo is the best. Super friendly. Recommend this dentist office to any one especially if you have a fear of dentist (as I myself ).

Warren Wise

Just had my first visit with Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life in Bridgewater. My welcome to the office was warm and inviting. The dental assistant was professional, proficient, and very gentle. Dr.Whiting is very good at explaining problems he saw with my teeth and outline options for addressing those problems.

Jennifer Harper

Cathy Batton is an amazing hygienist and is so gentle but very thorough. She is very kind, and I am always happy to see her when I go to the dentist! She makes going to the dentist more fun!

Sandy Miller

I love Cathy!! She does a great job and is always very personable and professional. Give her a raise!! 😊 Everyone at Smiles for Life is great! If you’re looking for a dentist, I would highly recommend them.

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