Balance Your Smile With Crown Lengthening

Remove Excess Tissue To Expose Healthy Tooth

A gummy smile can compromise the uniformity and overall look of your smile. Fortunately, gum contouring can correct an uneven gum line and deliver a more balanced and symmetrical appearance. Our soft tissue laser technology serves as an efficient, pain-free way to remove excess gum tissue. At Monahan Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Burlington, NC our dentist use this highly effective procedure to elongate the teeth and reshape the gum tissue.

Exploring the Benefits of Gum Contouring

Gum contouring is one of the most common cosmetic treatments in dentistry today. Very few corrective procedures can offer such dramatic results. For example, gum contouring:

gummy smile before laser gum lift in Burlington, North Carolina
gummy smile before laser gum lift in Burlington, North Carolina

Gum Contouring Candidacy

Candidates for gum contouring in Burlington, NC should be in good oral health. Conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems will be treated prior to the laser dental procedure. Patients should have a full understanding of the gum contouring procedure as well as a commitment to good oral hygiene habits at home and regular dental cleanings and exams once treatment is complete.

To make sure you qualify for gum contouring, our dentist will discuss your medical history with you at length during your initial consultation. Since the effects of your gum contouring treatment are permanent, it is important to have clear and accurate expectations of the results. Dr. Monahan and his dental team in Burlington, NC will thoroughly discuss your treatment with you before it is performed.

The Gum Contouring Procedure

Dental advances and technology have improved the way in which gum contouring is performed. At Dr. Monahan’s Burlington office, your procedure will be completed using our soft tissue laser. This method allows us to perform gum contouring with ease, safety, efficiency, and little to no discomfort. Here are the general steps to this procedure:


In order to ensure your comfort and relaxation, local anesthesia will be used to numb your gums and surrounding tissue.

Gum Contouring

We will use our soft tissue laser to eliminate excess gum tissue and reshape the gum line. Sufficient time will be taken to ensure that your gum line is balanced and symmetrical.

Recovery and Healing

Initially following gum contouring, you may experience puffy or swollen gums. These conditions will subside over time. Over-the-counter pain medication can be taken to mitigate any discomfort. You should be able to eat softer foods immediately. We recommend avoiding hard or crunchy foods for the first few days until your comfort level improves. Soft and gentle brushing will keep your gums free of bacteria and debris. Our dental team will provide you with specific directives, ensuring a successful recovery.

Improve Your Smile Today

If you are ready to enhance your smile and boost your self-esteem through customized gum contouring, schedule an appointment today to learn more. Connect with us online or call our Burlington office at (336) 228-7576.