You can’t underestimate the role the gums play in the overall appearance of the mouth. You can make major improvements to a “gummy” smile. Excess gum tissue can make teeth appear shorter than they really are, and proportion can be restored with a gum lift, or gingivectomy. Either a laser or traditional surgery can be used, (or a combination of both), but this can depend on your individual condition.
For those with gum discrepancies, like different gum heights from tooth to tooth, this can sometimes be done simply with a laser to expose more tooth. This is an easy procedure that will have your smile looking better in minutes. Healing time is very minimal, perhaps a day or two.
In extreme cases, such as when gum and bone need to be removed, a more extensive treatment may be needed. If removing excess gum exposes part of the root surface, this will usually have to be covered with a porcelain veneer or bonding procedure.
Case fees for a gum lift range from $500 to $3,000 depending on how many teeth are involved and how complex the treatment needed is.