Gum Reshaping & Contouring

Gum Reshaping and Contouring

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Your gum tissue is like a frame that provides form and shape to the top of your tooth. A less than attractive smile results when the integrity of the gum is compromised or the actual gum between your teeth becomes weak. Usually due to poor hygiene (gum disease), you actually begin to lose gum tissue. Cosmetic dentistry provides many cosmetic solutions such as composite resin bonding, crowns, and veneers to create a great smile. These solutions are usually part of an overall strategy which may involve cosmetic gum surgery.

Gingival contouring is the process of reshaping the gum (gingival) tissue around your teeth. A cosmetic dental treatment that can help reinvent your smile and improve your oral health, gingival contouring involves a minimally invasive laser procedure to remove and re-sculpt uneven or excessive gingival tissue. Typically, however, soft tissue sculpting also requires bone recontouring that cannot be accomplished with a laser alone. The result is healthy and natural-looking gums for a vital, young-looking and attractive smile that adds to your confidence and appeal.

Gingival contouring procedures can be performed for cosmetic reasons, as well as for oral health reasons such as poor dental hygiene. The latter can result in the formation of deep gum pockets due to improper tooth brushing and the accumulation of calculus and plaque. Common gingival esthetic problems that can be corrected with gingival contouring include gummy smile (excessive gingival display), uneven (asymmetrical) gingival contours, the loss of papillae (small amounts of gum tissue between your teeth) and exposed root surfaces.

Gingival contouring also can help address esthetic concerns of teeth that appear "too small" or are unusually shaped. This may result when the surrounding gum tissue has grown down and over a large portion of the teeth, creating the illusion of small or crooked/oddly angled teeth. The gum contouring process removes and re-shapes the extra gum tissue to lift the gum line and reveal more teeth and/or even out the gum line for enhanced symmetry. This procedure removes extra gum tissue without leaving a deficit and only exposes the part of the tooth that is normally visible.

There are two primary procedures for cosmetic gum surgery, depending on your current smile.

"Gummy Smile" (Excessive Gingival Display)

A "Gummy Smile" can occur due to wear of teeth from teeth grinding, a short upper lip, or having a longer than usual upper jawbone. This smile is when your teeth appear too small and your gums appear to large.

Cosmetic gum surgery can be done to reduce the excess gum and bone. The removal of these tissues allows for normal sized teeth and for a normal gum line appearance by using an instrument, usually a laser, to remove the undesirable tissue. Typically your cosmetic dentist will prescribe an antibacterial mouth rinse to be used twice a day for a two-week period following your surgery.

"Long Tooth Smile" (Gum Recession)

As your gums recede, your teeth appear longer than normal. While "long teeth" may result in an unattractive smile, you should also be concerned with root sensitivity and possible tooth loss. Recent advances in techniques and materials have resulted in significant improvements in both comfort, predictability and esthetics.

As your gums recede, your teeth look much "longer" than normal. Such gum recession exposes your sensitive root surface which often makes hot or cold foods and drinks a painful experience. Teeth can become loose as your gum recedes. The cosmetic gum surgery solution is basically when a cosmetic dentist or periodontist removes tissue from the roof of your mouth and then grafts it onto your gum line. This tissue then reinforces thin gums or fills in areas where your gums have receded. Typically your cosmetic dentist will prescribe an antibacterial mouth rinse to be used twice a day for a two-week period following your surgery.

Related Procedures

Gingival contouring can be performed alone, or before and/or in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures as part of a larger cosmetic treatment plan (e.g., a total smile makeover).

Other techniques, such as reducing the bone at the front of the tooth root to prevent re-growth of the gums, also may be needed. Orthodontics and porcelain veneers or crowns may be indicated as well. In some cases, in order to achieve optimal gingival symmetry, a combination of esthetic crown lengthening and root coverage grafting are necessary. In root coverage grafting — also called connective tissue grafting — soft tissue, usually from the roof of the mouth, is grafted to cover exposed root surfaces. This prevents damage to roots, reduces sensitivity and makes your teeth appear more attractive.

Gingival contouring or crown lengthening refers to re-contouring both the gum and supporting bone. During the crown lengthening procedure, your periodontist administers conscious intravenous (IV) sedation and a local anesthetic, and then re-contours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural teeth.

In other instances, patients may lose gum tissue due to poor dental hygiene (aggressive toothbrushing, prominent teeth, orthodontic tooth movement, delicate gingival biotypes and gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis). Papillary regeneration fills the dark spaces that may occur between adjoining teeth resulting from the progression of periodontitis, surgical trauma or of tooth alignment. Additionally, root coverage procedures now can provide predictable results with the application of connective-tissue periodontal grafts and plastic surgery techniques.

Benefits of Gingival Contouring

Gingival contouring or crown lengthening is safe, fast and virtually painless. You can continue your normal activities right after treatment, and the results are permanent.

The laser gingival contouring procedure — which seals and sterilizes the treatment area — significantly reduces your chance of infection, minimizes inflammation and promotes fast healing. Lasers also provide greater precision, protecting the surrounding tissue from damage during the procedure.

Gingival contouring can have psychological and social benefits, improving your looks and self-confidence, encouraging you to be more socially active and making you more willing to smile. You feel happier and seem friendlier and more approachable.


At Caoha Dental Clinic, we offer all high quality dental services including: Implant Dentistry, Orthodontics, Esthetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, etc. In addition, there are some other types of treatment such as: Treatment of dental pulp, wisdom teeth, treatment of temporomandibular disorders, treatment of bad breath, etc. With a wide range of services and highly qualified dentists, we are always ready to "Make sure of healthy smile".

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