Aesthetic Laser Dentistry | Melbourne Dentist

Gum Recontouring

How It Works

We Maintain High Quality Standards

Achieve a healthy smile with our laser gum contouring procedure


We first make sure that we've explored all other options before we commence on any work

Remove It In One Go

Remove the dangerous bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease

As Pain Free As Possible

By equipping the latest high tech setup we can try to keep the pain to a minumum.

Payment Plan Options

We will get you smiling today, and paying for it later with our accessible payment plan options

5 Reasons To Choose Us


Top Rated Dentist

Make it feel like home

There is nothing but smiles from both our lovely staff and patients inside the Aesthetic Laser Dentistry practice. We promote a healthy and comfortable atmosphere throughout our dental clinic


Here For Everyone

Advanced Technology

We believe in good oral health and have a love for technology! That’s why we are an advocate for utilising the latest technology to provide you with the best service and outcome possible


Dermal Fillers
Dental Expertise

Dental Expertise

Our expert team with over 40 years of dental experience helps deliver the most comprehensive care under one roof, we look forward to achieving your smile goals


Not Your Typical Dentist

Relaxed Comfort

Our mission at Aesthetic Laser Dentistry is to show the world that an experience at the dentist does not have to be unpleasant and can be a place of comfort during your stay


Shining Bright Smile

Smile Now, Pay Later!

Interest free payment plan options available. The seamless application process is arranged by our team helping you achieve your perfect smile today

What is gum overgrowth and what causes it?

Gum overgrowth happens when gum tissue encroaches over the teeth. The condition is also known as gingival overgrowth, hypertrophic gingivitis, or gum enlargement.

Gum overgrowth usually affects the front of teeth and is often caused by inflammation. Inflammatory gum overgrowth is generally the result of a build-up of bacterial plaque on the teeth.

Gum overgrowth can also be a side effect of some medical conditions, such as leukaemia or diabetes. Certain medications may also lead to in gum enlargement, including drugs to treat high blood pressure.

In rare cases, gum enlargement is hereditary.

Gum overgrowth symptoms and treatments

If you have gum overgrowth, your gums may become red and sore and/or start to bleed. You may also get persistent bad breath.

In some cases, a good routine of brushing and flossing can help to ease gum enlargement. In more severe instances, professional dental attention will be required – if untreated, gum overgrowth can disrupt alignment of teeth and increase the risk of gum disease (periodontitis).

The first line of treatment for gum overgrowth is generally an advanced form of scaling and root planing. In some cases, though, excessive gum tissue may have to be removed surgically.

Laser surgery for gum overgrowth

Although effective, traditional gum surgery – cutting into the gum with a scalpel – can result in an uncomfortable, lengthy recovery.

Thanks to advances in dental technology, precision laser treatment has become a popular surgical option to treat gum enlargement and expose more of the underlying teeth to dramatically transform a smile.

Gum recontouring with a soft-tissue dental laser vaporises inflamed gum tissue, kills bacteria, and immediately seals the area. It also reduces the risk of infection.


Benefits of gum overgrowth laser treatment

Advantages of gum overgrowth laser surgery include:

  • No cutting
  • Greater precision
  • No stitches
  • Shorter recovery
  • Minimal discomfort, swelling or bleeding

Laser gum recontouring can achieve outstanding results in achieving a balanced, symmetrical gum line, fixing gummy smiles, and make teeth appear longer and/or larger. It can also create optimal space for veneers or crowns to be placed.

Contact Aesthetic Laser Dentistry to find out whether laser gum recontouring could transform your smile. Dr Philip Hand is a leading laser dentist in Australia, and lectures internationally on the use of lasers in dentistry.

How long is recovery for gum contouring surgery?

Even with lasering, your recovery period for a gum contouring surgery can still vary per case. Factors such as the extent of the surgery, your overall health, and your body’s natural healing process matter. Conditions such as sleep apnoea and TMD may cause complications and delay recovery.

The typical recovery period is relatively short for regular teeth contouring and gum lasering. We’ll advise you to rest immediately after the procedure, but after that, there’s no need for an extended downtime. It’s a procedure designed to have minimal impact on your daily life, allowing a swift return to normal activities.

If you experience pain, discomfort, or anything unusual post-surgery, it’s crucial to inform your dentist immediately. These symptoms may require an urgent follow-up check-up to ensure your recovery is on track. At Aesthetic Laser Dentistry, we prioritise your health and comfort, offering support and guidance throughout the recovery process and beyond.

How much does gum lasering cost?

The cost of gum contouring surgery varies with each patient. Several factors contribute to this variance, making it essential to consider individual circumstances.

  • Treatment Complexity: The intricacy of your specific case, including the amount of gum tissue involved, can affect the cost.
  • Procedure Length: Longer, more involved procedures typically incur higher costs.
  • Anesthesia and Equipment Used: The type of anesthesia and specific surgical equipment required for your case can also affect the total cost.
  • Additional Treatments: If gum contouring is part of a broader dental treatment plan, or you undergo other procedures such as gum depigmentation at the same time, the overall expense may increase.
  • Post-Procedure Care: The extent of aftercare, including follow-up visits and any necessary medications, contributes to the overall expense.


It’s essential to consult with dental professionals for accurate pricing. At Aesthetic Laser Dentistry, we provide a free quote for our dental services. Get in touch with us today for a personalised consultation.

Gum Contouring Before and After

Witness the remarkable changes in their smiles, achieved with our precise gum contouring procedures. Envision the beautiful change your smile can achieve. In addition to gum contouring, experience the difference that Aesthetic Laser Dentistry’s teeth contouring and gum lasering has to offer.

Dr James B Principal Dentist





How can we help?

Frequently Asked Questions

Gums do not typically grow back after gum contouring surgery. This procedure permanently reshapes the gum line by removing excess gum tissue. However, in rare cases, gums might slightly regrow or change shape due to underlying health issues or poor oral hygiene.

Gum lasering surgery is often considered a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered by standard health insurance policies. However, some insurance plans might offer partial coverage if the procedure is deemed medically necessary due to oral health issues. It’s best to check with your specific insurance provider for detailed information.

Gum lasering surgery usually involves minimal pain due to local anaesthesia during the procedure. Patients may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity post-surgery, which typically subsides within a few days. The process is generally well-tolerated and less invasive compared to traditional surgical methods.

After gum lasering surgery, it’s recommended to follow a soft diet for a few days to allow your gums to heal. Avoid hard, spicy, or very hot foods that might irritate the treated area. Most patients can return to their normal diet as soon as they feel comfortable, usually within a few days to a week.


Patient Stories

We love our patients, and we are happy to hear that they love us just as much!

Katelyn G

Thank you so much for having me in today Dr James! The team was amazing, they made feel sooo comfortable and my teeth are normal super sensitive so honestly a 10/10 experience. Be sure to check them out!!

Matthew S

I have never been a huge fan of going to the dentist but James made me feel incredibly comfortable throughout the whole procedure. It was relaxed and I never felt rushed. I am glad I have found a dentist I can connect with and I'll definitely be coming back for my check-ups.

Chantelle I

So thrilled with my experience with Dr James. He is a perfectionist and made sure I was completely happy with my new veneers. I broke my 2 front teeth when I was 8yrs and no one has ever been able to make them natural until now. They are just perfect and I have so much more confidence. The staff are all so lovely and caring, I honestly couldn’t recommend these guys enough!

Anthony K

Had an amazing experience at this dentistry. The staff were very friendly and Dr James was polite, detailed with explaining what was happening and made me feel very comfortable, regardless of my fear of visiting the dentist. I will definitely be using this place as my local dentist from now on.

Tim W

I have been to quite a few dental clinics in my lifetime and can admit to being fussy at times, however at last I can finally say ive found a clinic that I would be more than happy to go back too. My experience with Dr James B was phenomenal, I was treated with care, respect and professionalism. Ive been to plenty of dentists before and its simply been a chore for both me and them (I wont name names), giving no real reason to go back to the same dentist. Dr James has been the first dentist to show an interest in me as a patient and as a person, taking me through every step of the plan and procedure I had to undergo.


My son is a little anxious boy and was really scared to go to the dentist. Dr T was amazing with him and took special care to keep him comfortable. I would highly recommend Dr T to anyone who is nervous about seeing a dentist. The best experience.

Aneta R

What an experience. Met Dr Philip Hand to see my child, what an amazing person, been through so many doctors that would just be like you had a bad luck, for the condition of your child, nobody cares. Without even explaining of my daughter condition, he offered his help and handful of best contacts in Melbourne to help me and my girl. He is not only the best dentist he has the hands to help others. Thank you God for meeting a Doctor like Philip Hand, my self Aneta and Aurora will be forever grateful

Cosmetic Dentistry by Dr James B
Jessica G

Amazing cosmetic dental practice, couldn't ask for more! Dream smile and lips achieved

Anthony J

The team at Marriot and Hand were simply amazing. Dr Hand was very knowledgeable and explained everything about the treatments and why it was necessary. Karen was warm and open to all sorts of questions. I never felt rushed. As someone that has not been to a dentist for many years, it was time to face the music - I found them extraordinary professional and caring. Their service was so good I felt like I was catching up for a coffee with a friend rather than a visit to a dentist office. I'll look forward to my next appointment

Nushan Z

Fantastic Staff! Experienced Hygienist and Dentist. Great location with private carparking.

Jass F

After my MCHN suspected the cause of my son's breastfeeding issues was a tongue and upper lip tie, I went to see Dr. Philip Hand. He was one of the more reasonably priced dentists for this procedure. He was very friendly and put me at ease right away. He took the time to examine my son thoroughly and had a great manner with him. He obviously does his job properly and is not just out to get money, as he told me that neither tie was significant enough to warrant cutting. He noticed tightness around his facial muscles, though, and referred me to an oesteopath who has managed to solve the issue. This dentist knows his stuff, is friendly, and if it hadn't been for him, my son would not be feeding properly. Highly recommend him.

    A passionate team

    Meet Our Professionals

    Aesthetic Laser Dentistry have a passionate team of dentists, oral health therapists/hygienists and dental nurses who are dedicated and experienced in their role.

    Your smile is an investment worth putting your trust into our patient-focused dental team. We will ensure your smile makeover journey and beyond is a relaxing experience with our caring staff who look forward to meeting you at our Melbourne clinic

    Dr James in Chair

    James B

    Principal Dentist

    Karen Clark Dental Hygienist

    Karen Clark

    Dental Hygienist

    Philip Hand Principal Dentist

    Philip Hand

    Principal Dentist