Minimally Invasive Laser Gum Lift Surgery

May 23, 2015 |

Dental Treatments

Gums can play an important role in the overall aesthetic appearance of the mouth. A gummy smile can make the teeth appear short and square, which can make a person look more than their age.

Lifting of gum tissue is an effective way to reveal fuller teeth, which can make the smile more proportionate and appropriate to the age. Dr. Chris Baer is an experienced cosmetic dentist providing laser assisted gum lift treatment to patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO.

What is Gum Lift?

Gum lift, clinically known as gingivectomy, is a procedure performed by a dentist to re-shape the gums with an aim to enhance the smile. If the patient has gums that have not adequately receded following the appearance of permanent teeth, it may be necessary to perform a gum lift. In some cases, the patient’s lips may allow a lot of gum to show at the time of smiling.

With age also gum recession may occur, exposing more of the tooth surface than what is aesthetically desirable. In all such cases, the cosmetic dentist may recommend a gum lift treatment. Dr. Baer evaluates the condition of the gums and teeth carefully before recommending a laser gum lift procedure to his patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO.


The dentist will typically perform a gum lift procedure only for the front teeth, which are more visible from outside when a person smiles. Traditional gum lift surgery can be quite painful because it involves cutting of the gums, suturing and a long recovery period. However, laser assisted gum lift procedure is much more efficient, less invasive and recovery period is minimal.

The dentist will start the procedure by administering local anesthesia. Laser energy beams are focused on areas where the gum line needs to be re-shaped to make it more visually appealing. The laser energy automatically seals off blood vessels, which results in minimal or no bleeding. The procedure can be completed quickly, and it becomes easier for the dentist to lower or raise the gums, depending on the requirement.

In some cases, the dentist may perform re-shaping of the gum line along with re-shaping of the teeth to achieve more comprehensive outcomes. The laser procedure can help expose parts of the tooth that were earlier covered by gum tissue. Height and vertical dimension gets re-established in a more desirable way. The rule of thumb is that when a person smiles, the pink showing above the teeth should be barely visible. This can be achieved more efficiently with laser gum lift procedure.


With laser gum recontouring, the procedure not only becomes less invasive, but also more accurate. Excess gum tissue removal and repositioning of the gum line can be done more precisely. The short teeth will appear longer and fuller, and the smile will look more attractive. The downtime is minimal with laser, and the results are permanent. Since no incisions are involve, the procedure is more comfortable and can be performed in less than an hour per arch.

For more information about the dental procedures and treatments performed by Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Christopher Baer, DMD on patients in Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Franktown, Elizabeth, Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado areas please contact us for an appointment at (303) 557-6453.