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What is Gum Reshaping, and How is it Used to Improve the Appearance of an Uneven Gum Line?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Elite Dental of Natick
Dentist speaking with patient atElite Dental of Natick in Natick, MAAre you self-conscious about a "gummy smile"? Do you feel like your teeth appear too short or uneven? If so, you may be interested in gum contouring, a cosmetic dental procedure that can reshape your gum line to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Gummy Smile:

A gummy smile is a condition where the gums cover more of the teeth than normal, making them appear shorter than they actually are. This can be caused by several factors, including genetics, gum disease, and certain medications.

Gum Contouring:

Gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping, is a dental procedure that involves removing or reshaping excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth's surface. This can be done using a variety of techniques, including laser surgery, electrosurgery, or scalpel surgery.


The gum contouring procedure itself is typically performed under local anesthesia. Your dentist will start by carefully examining your gums and teeth to determine the appropriate amount of tissue to remove. They will then use a laser, electrosurgery, or scalpel to precisely remove the excess gum tissue.


•  Creates a more even gum line: Gum contouring can help to create a more even and symmetrical gum line, which can improve the overall appearance of your smile.
•  Makes teeth appear longer: By removing excess gum tissue, gum contouring can make your teeth appear longer and more aesthetically pleasing.
•  Boosts confidence: A more aesthetically pleasing smile can boost your confidence and self-esteem.
•  Improves oral hygiene: In some cases, gum contouring can also improve oral hygiene by making it easier to clean your teeth.


As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with gum contouring. These risks include infection, bleeding, and sensitivity. However, these risks are relatively low and can be minimized by following your dentist's instructions carefully.


The recovery time for gum contouring is typically short. You may experience some discomfort and swelling for a few days after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. You will need to avoid strenuous activity and follow a soft diet for a few days to allow your gums to heal properly.

Is Gum Contouring Right for You?

If you are self-conscious about your gummy smile, gum contouring may be a good option for you. However, it is important to talk to your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your dentist will be able to assess your individual needs and discuss the risks and benefits of gum contouring with you.

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