Laser Gum Contouring

gum recontouring

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR

What makes a smile beautiful? Aesthetics and perception.

The position of the upper lip, the amount of gum tissue on display when you smile, as well as the size and shape of your teeth, play a significant role in the look of your smile.

What is a gummy smile?

A “gummy smile” is perceived when too much of the gum tissue is visible when you smile. It gives the appearance that the upper jaw is out of alignment, visually. Research indicates that a smile that reveals more than 4 mm or more of the gum tissue shows when smiling is a gummy smile.

Correcting a gummy smile with laser dentistry

Fortunately, there are safe and effective ways to alter the appearance of an excessively gummy smile, especially if it is impacting your comfort, enjoyment of life or overall wellbeing. Gum recontouring can help reshape your gum line, providing you with a beautiful, symmetrical smile that makes you proud. Before any treatment begins, a consultation is best in determining the necessary structural issues, and then developing a treatment plan for creating your new smile.

What’s happens during the procedure?

Once a treatment plan has been determined, the dentist can begin the process of reshaping your gums. You will be made numb for the procedure. We use a state-of-the-art dental laser that gently removes excess gum tissue while it cauterizes at the same time. Dental laser is preferred over the traditional methods of gum surgery, because the laser helps minimize bleeding, and has a shorter recovery period than the old method that uses a scalpel.


Following your treatment of laser surgery, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions to properly care for your gums. Since the laser minimizes post-op discomfort, you will likely only need over-the-counter pain medications, if any. There will be specific diet restrictions following your laser surgery that may last a couple of weeks. Once the healing process is complete, you can resume a normal diet.

Whole Health Dentistry offers complete oral care to patients of Sellwood-Moreland and Portland, Oregon. To schedule an appointment, contact Whole Health Dentistry today at (503) 462-1538.