Gum Contouring For A Fabulous Smile!

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Gum contouring, or gum reshaping, is a procedure in periodontal dentistry that evens out the gum line that borders teeth. This is most commonly performed in order to create a more attractive smile.

Gum contouring is typically performed with a scalpel to trim away excessive gum tissue overlying the teeth. The procedure takes very little time while patients enjoy an optimal comfort level. The procedure is also used to remedy a ‘gummy smile’.

A gummy smile is when there is a high percentage of gum covering a person’s front teeth and is commonly a genetic trait. However, it can also be due to certain health conditions or as a side-effect to some medications. Because too much gum tissue detracts from the appearance of one’s smile, this condition can affect a person’s self-esteem, self-confidence and cause them to ‘hold back’ a smile or cover a laugh with their hand.

We start by administering a local numbing medication. Once you are fully numb, the excess gum tissue is trimmed away and remaining gums are reshaped for a natural arch over each tooth. This provides a smile line that blends naturally and attractively with neighboring teeth. Healing is typically a quick process and any discomfort can be easily controlled with over-the-counter medications.

In some instances, a portion of bone that supports teeth must also be removed so an ideal result can be achieved. Although this sounds like an involved procedure, it is actually not one we consider major. Recovery time is minimal.

Gum contouring can greatly improve the appearance of your smile and boost self-confidence. You’ll likely find you smile more often and project a more upbeat personality to others.

If you are interested in gum contouring, call (828) 274-9440 to arrange a consultation. I’ll be happy to provide more details and answer your questions.

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