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Laser Gum Reshaping


Young male smiling after laser gum reshaping treatment at Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry, Los Altos, CALasers provide instant results with painless procedures and easy healing. Teeth that appear small or short can often be “lengthened” by recontouring the gumline using the laser.

This advanced cosmetic dentistry procedure is used to create a perfect, harmonious gumline in relation to the lips and teeth. It may be used in combination with veneers or dental implants to achieve the best results possible. Our dental hygienists are also highly trained in these effective and safe techniques that treat periodontal disease and other gum conditions.

If your gums overtake your teeth to the point where they appear unnaturally short or stubby? Also commonly referred to as a gummy smile, extra gum tissue can significantly affect the appearance of your teeth, and the quality of your smile. At Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry, we can help to improve the look of your smile by eliminating this excess gum tissue with an aesthetic gum lift.

How Do I Know if I’m a Candidate for an Aesthetic Gum Lift?


Not many people are aware of just how important the gumline is to the smile. If you have gum tissue that covers a good portion of your teeth, those teeth look much smaller than they are. The proportions of your smile are completely thrown off. Sometimes, large gums happen. They can be genetic. Other times, you may develop excess gum tissue because of certain medications or specific health complications. Regardless of the cause behind having large gums, an aesthetic gum lift can help to improve the overall appearance of your smile greatly, bringing it to balance and harmony while also boosting your confidence.

Advanced Treatment with a Soft Tissue Laser


For a long time, aesthetic gum lift treatments were done using a scalpel. The biggest issue with a scalpel is just how invasive it can be. Scalpels are well known for causing significant tissue trauma, leading to bleeding as well as a lot of post-procedural swelling and discomfort.

Today, aesthetic gum lifts are performed using a soft tissue laser. The laser takes the place of the scalpel, greatly improving the outcome of the procedure while also improving the patient experience. A soft tissue laser offers pinpoint accuracy, allowing us to contour your gumline for the best results possible perfectly. The laser is much less invasive and removes tissue gently, making the procedure a much more comfortable one. The laser cauterizes the blood vessels and gums as it works, reducing bleeding as well as the need for sutures. This incredible tool also kills bacteria in the area, which can help to reduce your risk of developing an infection greatly.

How Long Will It Take to See Results?


One of the great things about an anesthetic gum lift is that the results of your procedure are evident right away. You may have some minor bleeding and swelling, even with the use of laser, but it is much less than what you would experience with a scalpel. As your swelling subsides, your smile will only continue to improve. Following your procedure, you can pretty much go resume life as normal. It is recommended, however, that you, at the very least limit your activities. This means no heavy lifting, no straining, and no going to the gym. It would help if you also are careful with what you eat. This means sticking to soft foods for a short period and avoiding foods that are hot, spicy, or salty. These restrictions are in place for much less time than if your procedure were to be performed with a scalpel.

If your gums are keeping your smile from looking its best, an aesthetic gum lift may be just the treatment you need. For more information, call Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry at (650) 949-3376 today.
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