A Laser Gum Lift Can Fix a Gummy Smile

Perhaps you have beautiful, healthy teeth but still feel dissatisfied with your smile due to having too much gum tissue. This can occur when the gums never receded after tooth eruption, the shape of your lips exposing too much gum tissue, or the receding of gum tissue over time that allows more of the surface of your teeth to show than you would like. While it’s frustrating to feel self-conscious about your smile, the good news is that Dr. Bahar Nia can complete a laser gum lift to make your smile appear more balanced.


What is a Laser Gum Lift?

A laser gum lift, clinically known as a gingivectomy, is a type of gum surgery performed by dentists to give patients a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Most patients have gum contouring performed on the front teeth since these are the ones that others see when the patient smiles. When you meet with Dr. Bahar Nia, she will inspect your teeth and gums and let you know if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. She will also discuss which teeth would benefit the most from a laser gum lift.


What to Expect During Laser Gum Surgery

Before it became possible to have gum contouring by laser, patients had to undergo a painful procedure and devote several weeks to recovery. Dentists had to cut into their gums and then stitch them up after repositioning them. In contrast, the laser gum lift is a quick procedure that most patients recover from in one to two days with only the use of over-the-counter medication to relieve minor discomfort. You can count on eating and drinking as normal within one to two days if you opt for this oral surgery.

Dr. Bahar Nia administers anesthesia to start the process. Once she’s certain that you’re comfortable and can’t feel any pain, she uses the laser to reshape your gums and a dental cutting tool to remove any unnecessary gum tissue. Because she uses a laser, it seals off blood vessels in your mouth automatically so you have little to no bleeding. She will discuss how to care for your gums at home as well as what you should eat and drink immediately after the laser gum lift.


The Laser Gum Lift with Other Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Some patients choose gum recontouring in conjunction with other cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers or other aspects of a smile makeover. When you’re improving the appearance and function of certain teeth, it’s a good idea to have gum surgery around the same time. The staff at Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry will help you schedule each procedure at ideal intervals to minimize your total healing time.


 

Schedule a Laser Gum Lift Consultation Today

Dr. Bahar Nia would enjoy the opportunity to answer more of your questions about gum surgery in person. Please contact us at 404-400-0400 to request a consultation. You can also text your appointment request to 404-393-6929 or complete an online request. We look forward to turning your gummy smile into one that you can’t wait to share with the world.