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Laser Gum Lifts and Gum Reshaping

Laser Gum Lifts and Gum Reshaping can be used to treat a gummy smile.  A 'gummy smile' is an aesthetic issue that affects many people. A gummy smile is showing too much gum when you smile either because the teeth are too small or because the upper lip lifts up too much. Depending on the cause of the gummy smile there are several treatments that can help.

Laser Gum Lifts - What is involved?

Often a gummy smile happens when teeth are covered by a flap of gum and the healthy enamel of the tooth is hidden under the gum making the teeth look too short. In these cases, a laser gum lift can be used as a simple procedure to correct the gummy smile or adjust the uneven gum line. We often use this procedure to correct the height and alignment of the gum prior to other treatments such as porcelain veneers.

If the teeth are not covered by the gum and the problem is a "hyperactive upper lip", then we may recommend a small dose of botox to relax the top lip muscles. This is a reversible procedure and is a conservative approach in very pronounced cases of gummy smile.

At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry, we use a Waterlase laser to perform various laser treatments including gum lifts.

Usually, only one laser treatment is required and the procedure does not require packs or sutures. It is very important for your smile to be assessed to see if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment  gum tissue types vary greatly between individuals.

Waterlase laser is also used for the treatment of various lesions on lips and gums, treatment of gum disease, and reduction of tooth sensitivity giving brilliant instant results.

Laser Gum Lifts and Gum Reshaping - Before & After Gallery

Case 1 - Laser gum lift & resin veneers

So how does the procedure work? It’s simple

  • 1

    Before Laser Gum Lift:

    A thick band of gum is revealed on smiling accompanied by short square-shaped teeth.

  • 2

    Using the Waterlase Laser:

    Waterlase laser is set to perform soft tissue surgery. The laser seals the tissues as it removes them one layer at a time ensuring great control and minimum amount of bleeding.

  • 3

    During the Laser Gum-Lift:

    The enamel of the tooth is revealed from under the gum creating bigger and better-shaped teeth.

  • 4

    After Laser Gum Lift:

    The healing is uneventful. About a week later the gums are reviewed and adjustments performed if needed. Note the size of the teeth and the amount of gum showing compared to the before photo.

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Compare your treatment plans

Have you already received a treatment plan and quote from another dentist?

Why not book an obligation-free consult with Dr Amrein to get a second opinion?

You can bring in your existing treatment plan and we can discuss the types and quality of materials that we would use, our preferred treatment planning approach and discuss any questions that you might have. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a chance of infection?

A: Gum infections after laser surgery are extremely rare.

Q: Does the gum grow back?

A: The laser works by ‘cutting’ away the gum. It does not grow back after the treatment has been completed.

Q: Is there any bleeding?

A: As the laser cuts it also seals the area allowing for little or no bleeding to occur. If there is bleeding it is only a small amount and will stop shortly after the procedure.

Q: Is the laser gum lift procedure painful?

A: This procedure is done with a laser light and conducted under local anaesthetic; this means there is no pain. There are no sutures, no bleeding and no gauze packs. Post operative pain is negligible. However if there is a small amount of discomfort, mild anti inflammatory medication can be taken to ease this. Keep in mind you have had a surgical procedure and even though it might not seem like it, the area should still be treated as one.

Q: How long does it take? Am I able to return to work?

A: The procedure time can vary from patient to patient. Generally allowing an hour can be all that is required. Most patients are able to return to their normal, daily life after having a laser gum lift.

Q: What is a 'gummy smile'?

A: A gummy smile is when excessive amount of gum and little tooth is shown in the full smile. In some cases (not all) it can be less than attractive.

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Finance And Concessions

Veterans Affairs: At Adelaide Family Dentistry we see people holding Veterans Affair health cards. Members with White Cards will need to receive prior approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs before commencing treatment. If however you hold a Gold Card, treatment can begin immediately. Please let us know when you make an appointment that you hold a Veterans Affairs Health Card.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule – Medicare: At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry we accept Medicare’s – Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Patients usually receive a letter in the mail notifying them of eligibility. The plan is valid for treatment over two consecutive calendar years stated in the letter. It is simple to use your voucher – call us for an appointment and let us know you have received the letter. Bring the letter and your Medicare card with you to your appointment. Patients who are eligible for Medicare's Child Benefit Dental Schedule are bulk billed at Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry, which means there is no out of pocket expenses to you.

Finance: At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry we provide patients with a 6-month interest-free payment plan with GEM VISA. Before commencing it is important, we find out how much GEM VISA will cover of your proposed treatment. This is done by filling in some paperwork and then submitting it to GEM VISA online. A response is almost immediate.If you are eligible to use the interest-free period, we can begin treatment. Once the treatment is complete, you will receive letters monthly from GEM VISA for payment of your treatment. Please ensure you pay your total bill within the 6-month interest-free period, as the interest rates can be quite high.


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