Gum Contouring

Gum Contouring

What is gum contouring?

Gum contouring is a procedure, done by a dental specialist, that reshapes or resculpts your gumline.
The process of gum contouring involves cutting away or removing excess gum tissue around your teeth. If you have gum recession, the procedure involves restoring gum tissue. In many cases, gum contouring is an elective procedure. This means that it isn’t medically necessary. Instead, it’s done to improve the look of the gums, teeth, or smile. But there may be times when your dentist recommends gum contouring for oral health reasons.

Does gum contouring hurt?

You’ll be given local anesthesia before the procedure starts. This will numb your gums so you won’t feel pain while the doctor is working on your mouth. But you can expect some tenderness and numbness afterward.

What are the benefits of gum contouring?

Cosmetic gum reshaping can:

  • Make your smile more uniform.
  • Make your teeth more proportional to the rest of your smile.
  • Make small, boxy teeth larger.
  • Eliminate extra gum tissue that covers your teeth.
  • Bring balance and symmetry to an uneven gum line.

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