Gum Lift/Gum Contouring

Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that can reshape and even out an uneven gum line. This procedure involves removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth's crown, creating the appearance of longer teeth.

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Gum Reduction/Gum Contouring

Good oral health and aesthetics is not just about having clean, cavity-free teeth. The gums play a crucial role too. They frame our teeth and contribute to the aesthetic of our smile. Some people, however, might not be happy with how much their gums show when they smile. Whether it's for cosmetic reasons or to improve oral health, understanding gum reduction/gum contouring is essential before deciding to undergo the procedure.

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What is Gum Reduction/Gum Contouring?

Gum reduction or gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that aims to reshape the gum line. Some individuals might have gums that cover too much of their teeth, making them appear shorter than they actually are. This condition is often referred to as a 'gummy smile'. Gum reduction or gum contouring can help address this issue, resulting in a more balanced and attractive smile.

Gummy smile can be present genetically or can be acquired due to overgrowth of gums. Overgrowth of gums can happen for a variety of reasons like: hormone imbalance, pregnancy, certain medications, compromised gum hygiene or braces where the patient is unable to clean around brackets and wires.

Applications of Gum Reduction/Gum Contouring

Gum reduction or gum contouring has several practical applications. It's a commonly used procedure for correcting a 'gummy smile'. By removing the excess gum tissue, the dentist can reveal more of the patient's natural teeth, creating a more balanced and attractive smile.

Another practical application is in the treatment of either gingivitis or periodontal disease. When the gums inflame due to bactera, they cover the tooth more. This can lead to sensitivity, tooth decay tooth decay and deep pockets harboring bacteria that eventually leads to bone loss around teeth. In such cases, gum contouring can help protect the tooth by making hygiene practices easier. Gum reductions reduce gum pockets making them more accessible to clean with a brush and floss. Thereby improving the patient's oral health.

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How Does Gum Reduction/Gum Contouring Work??

The procedure typically begins with a consultation, where your cosmetic dentist assesses the patient's gums and teeth. If the doctor determines that the patient is a good candidate for the procedure, they will then design a treatment plan based on the patient's specific needs.


One of the key advancements in gum reduction or gum contouring has been the use of laser technology. The use of a laser allows for precise cutting and instant cauterization of the gum tissue. This means less bleeding and a faster recovery time for the patient.

Additionally, the use of a laser reduces the risk of infection, as the laser beam sterilizes the gum tissue as it cuts. This makes the procedure safer and more effective than traditional methods that use a scalpel.

The Benefits of Gum Reduction/Gum Contouring

There are several benefits of gum reduction or gum contouring. Firstly, it can significantly improve the appearance of a person's smile. This can boost the person's confidence and self-esteem.

Secondly, it can improve oral health. By removing excess gum tissue, the dentist can expose and clean areas of the teeth that were previously hard to reach. This can help prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems.

Is Gum Reduction/Gum Contouring Right for You?

Gum reduction or gum contouring is a safe and effective procedure for improving the appearance of your smile and your oral health. Whether you're dealing with a 'gummy smile' or receding gums, this procedure can provide a solution. If you're considering gum reduction or gum contouring, schedule a consultation with us today. We're here to answer any questions you may have and to help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.


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