Gum Contouring

A gummy smile can significantly compromise the symmetry and beauty of your smile.

Laser gum contouring is a safe method of correcting an uneven gum line and revealing more of each tooth for a bigger, brighter smile.

Why should I consider a laser gum contouring procedure?

How Gum Contouring Can Reveal Your Best Smile

Fast Treatment
Laser gum contouring takes only one appointment and requires a recovery time of just a few days to a couple of weeks.

Conservative Treatment
Removing even very small amounts of tissue can achieve striking effects.

Minimal Risk
Laser gum contouring reduces the already low risk of side effects, shortens recovery time, and eliminates the need for sutures.  

The Laser Gum Contouring Procedure

Illustration of laser gum contouring
Illustration of before and after gum contouring

Does the procedure hurt?

Anesthesia is used to completely numb the treatment area. Sedation can provide further comfort for anxious patients. With advanced soft tissue lasers, the procedure is more comfortable than ever before. The tool seals tissue as it works, which results in minimal bleeding and inflammation. Compared to traditional methods involving a scalpel, laser gum contouring involves very little recovery time

What to Expect

Your doctor will confirm your goals and may use a pen to draw on your gums.

Local anesthesia will be used to numb the treatment area. 

Small amounts of tissue will be gently removed.

Follow your post-op instructions closely. These will include tips such as eating soft foods for a few days after your visit. 

Take the First Step

Some patients may undergo BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment to lower the upper lip, but this is only a temporary solution. Gum contouring can provide permanent results that make a smile look far healthier and more attractive. Often, gum contouring is recommended as a preliminary procedure for those who wish to receive porcelain veneers or dental crowns.

Speak to a dentist if excess gum tissue is causing you to feel unhappy with your smile. For the right patients, contouring can provide dramatic results in one visit. 

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Justin Schlaikjer, DDS

Dr. Justin Schlaikjer provides personalized periodontal care to help his patients maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. He is dedicated to the highest level of care: 

  • Uses state-of-the-art technology
  • Takes his time with each patient
  • Focuses on patient education
  • Offers flexible financing options

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (314) 792-7840.

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