Gum Recontouring

Bernardsville Dentist Serving Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, and Far Hills, NJ

Even if your teeth are healthy and straight, the aesthetics of your smile may suffer if your gums extend down too far and your teeth appear too small. This is often called a “gummy” smile, which can lead to a decreased sense of self-esteem.

Your gums should have an even and smooth appearance, but they should also work to frame your mouth and complement your facial features. If your gums are a distraction, then a gum recontouring procedure may be right for you.

Ideal Candidates

People with uneven gums or gums that extend too far down over their teeth are ideal candidates for gum recontouring. However, your gums must be healthy in order to undergo the procedure. If you suffer from gum disease, you should first undergo periodontal therapy to restore your oral health before moving forward with this procedure.

The Gum Recontouring Procedure

Gum recontouring is a safe and comfortable procedure that can be completed in a single visit. First, Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb will numb your gums with an anesthetic. Then she will use a diode laser to gently cut away excess gum tissue and sculpt a more uniform gum line.

Diode lasers cauterize while they cut, which means there is less bleeding and a significantly decreased chance of infection. The laser immediately seals the tissue, which promotes a fast and relatively pain-free recuperation.

The entire gum recontouring procedure can be completed in just one dental visit. Following the procedure, you may experience some mild soreness or swollen gums for up to a week. The discomfort, if any, should be minimal and should not interfere with daily activities such as speaking, eating, and drinking. To alleviate any soreness, you can take Ibuprofen and rinse with warm salt water.


The gum recontouring procedure is quick and simple. With the ease and comfort of a laser, gums can be recontoured to reveal a more appealing smile. The use of lasers in cosmetic dentistry has many benefits over conventional cutting. Some benefits include:

  • The elimination of more extensive dental surgery
  • A reduction in bleeding and infection
  • A significant reduction in pain
  • Procedures that are completed faster and easier

If you have a “gummy” smile or you would like to perfect the contour of your gums, please call Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville today at (908) 221-1188 or complete the appointment request form. Our friendly dental team can answer your questions and schedule your consultation. You have nothing to lose by visiting our office; we can help you create the dazzling smile of your dreams. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills, and nearby areas in New Jersey.

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