Laser Dentistry & Gum Lift in Melbourne's CBD
At our Melbourne dental practice, Dimos Dental, we appreciate the role modern technology plays in the way we provide treatment for our patients. We believe it is one of the ways in which our dental practice stands out from others. Advancements in materials and techniques often mean our dentists can provide better quality treatment that improves both outcomes and the patient experience.
Laser dentistry is one of the ways we have incorporated technology into Dimos Dental. We use soft tissue lasers for procedures such as gum lifting, which can improve the look of the smile and offer faster healing times.
A gum lift is used to fix a ‘gummy’ smile, which can be the result of a number of different underlying causes. Sometimes it may be due to the teeth themselves being too short. In these cases, it is possible to improve an individual’s smile by lengthening the teeth and by lifting and reshaping the gum tissue using laser surgery. We sometimes perform this in conjunction with the placement of porcelain veneers on the teeth.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic here at Dimos Dental, and you can usually expect healing and results within two weeks.
If you are interested in getting laser dentistry to improve the look of your smile, we have compiled a list of common questions below. We hope you’ll peruse these to find the answers you are looking for. If you have additional enquiries, or if you are ready to arrange an appointment at our Melbourne CBD dental practice, we welcome you to give us a call.
- What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
- What is a ‘gummy’ smile?
- What causes gums to look too big?
- Is a gum lift painful?
- Will my gums grow back after getting a gum lift?
- What are some other uses for soft-tissue laser dentistry?
- How are veneers used in conjunction with a laser dentistry gum lift in Melbourne?
- Will treatment for a ‘gummy’ smile be covered by my insurance or health funds?
- What should I do to find out more about laser dentistry and gum lifts?
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Dental anxiety is very real for many of our Melbourne dental practice patients, and we understand that getting unfamiliar treatments, such as laser dentistry, can be particularly stressful. Our dentists are well known for their gentle touch and compassionate natures, and we also incorporate dental technology into our treatments when it can help alleviate anxiety.
The good news is that laser dentistry is an ideal treatment option for patients who find dental visits to be nerve-wracking. Because of the precision and speed that accompanies laser dentistry at our
Melbourne CBD dental clinic, some patients won’t even need sedation while undergoing treatment. We do offer nitrous oxide for patients who still feel nervous about laser dentistry, and it is often just what is required in order to keep patients relaxed and comfortable.
One of the most significant advantages for patients who undergo laser treatment in Melbourne is that because the laser is less invasive, healing times are usually much faster.
What is a ‘gummy’ smile?
If your teeth are short or if too much gum shows when you smile, you may have what people refer to as a ‘gummy’ smile.
What causes gums to look too big?
Your gums might appear to be too big if you have a short upper lip, excessive gum tissue or small teeth—and all of these reasons are usually based on genetics. People who have gummy smiles and feel self-conscious about it can benefit from laser dentistry to fix the gum line.
Is a gum lift painful?
Most people who opt for a laser dentistry gum lift at our Melbourne dental practice do not find the procedure particularly painful. Laser treatment is minimally invasive, and many people who undergo treatment find they don’t need any anaesthesia.
There is little minimal bleeding or pain associated with laser treatment for a gum lift. You might find that your gums are a bit swollen or sore for a week or so after your procedure, and many patients find relief with pain medication they purchase over the counter at the chemist.
Will my gums grow back after getting a gum lift?
Unlike other tissues in the body, such as the skin, gum tissue does not grow back. Once you have a gum lift in Melbourne, your results are meant to last, and you will not have to repeat the process.
What are some other uses for soft-tissue laser dentistry?
We use soft tissue laser dentistry in Melbourne’s CBD for the following procedures:
- Reshaping the gum line for a more aesthetic look
- Crown lengthening
- Removing gum tissue that is dead or diseased
- Removing bacteria that has built up at or below the gum line
For dental practices that do not have a soft tissue laser, surgical treatments are often necessary for these types of procedures. This involves the use of a scalpel and sutures, which is more invasive and means slower recovery times.
A soft tissue laser eliminates the need for cutting. The laser trims the gums, and the heat also seals the tissues, nerve endings and blood vessels—sterilising the area as well, so infection risks are reduced. Patients appreciate minimal bleeding after their procedure as well as faster healing times.
How are veneers used in conjunction with a laser dentistry gum lift in Melbourne?
Veneers are ultra-thin tooth covers that go over the teeth that show when you smile, and when the gum line is uneven or needs reshaping, a laser dentistry gum lift can provide for a more aesthetic result.
Veneers are great for covering up flaws in your smile, giving you a perfect-looking, celebrity-calibre smile in just a few visits to your top Melbourne dentist.
Will treatment for a ‘gummy’ smile be covered by my insurance or health funds?
Most procedures that are not medically necessary and designed to enhance the appearance are not covered. If you are getting laser treatment for periodontal issues, such as gum infection, this may be covered.
We invite you to talk to us about payment options to help cover the costs of your laser dentistry gum lift. Our friendly team members are always here to help.
What should I do to find out more about laser dentistry and gum lifts?
We would love to talk to you about your goals for your smile to help determine whether laser dentistry and gum lifts will help you reach them. We also offer many different cosmetic dentistry treatments in Melbourne’s CBD that can improve the look of your smile, including teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns and dental implants.
From our convenient location in Melbourne’s CBD, we serve patients five days a week, and our dental practice hours are as follows:
- Monday—8:00AM to 5:30PM
- Tuesday—8:00AM to 5:30PM
- Wednesday—8:00AM to 5:30PM
- Thursday—8:00AM to 5:30PM
- Friday—8:00AM to 1:00PM
We Welcome New Patients
We invite you to find out more about how dental technology, including laser dentistry and other high-tech tools, can make it more enjoyable to receive dental care at our Melbourne dental practice. Laser dentistry is safe for patients of all ages, including children, teens, adults and seniors. Dimos Dental warmly welcomes new patients, and we look forward to seeing your smile.