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What is Gum contouring

Gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping or gingival contouring, is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves the removal or reshaping of gum tissue to improve the appearance of the gums and teeth. This procedure is often done for aesthetic reasons to create a more balanced and attractive smile. Here’s a bit more detail on gum contouring:

 1) Excess Gum Tissue Removal: In some cases, individuals may have excessive gum tissue covering a significant portion of their teeth. This can make the teeth appear shorter than they actually are, and it may give the appearance of a “gummy smile.” Gum contouring involves the removal of this excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth’s surface and create a more harmonious gum-to-tooth ratio.

 2) Uneven Gum Line Correction: Gum contouring can also be used to correct an uneven gum line, where the gums around different teeth are at varying heights. By carefully reshaping the gums, a dentist can create a more even and symmetrical gum line.

 3) Crown Lengthening: In some cases, gum contouring is done as part of a restorative or periodontal procedure called crown lengthening. This involves removing gum tissue and sometimes a small amount of bone to expose more of the tooth structure. Crown lengthening may be necessary if a tooth needs a dental crown or if there isn’t enough tooth structure exposed for a restoration.

 4) Laser Gum Contouring: Traditional gum contouring procedures involve the use of a scalpel to trim the gum tissue. However, in recent years, many dentists have adopted laser technology for this purpose. Laser gum contouring is less invasive, causes less bleeding, and typically results in a faster recovery.

 5) Cosmetic Improvement: Gum contouring can have a dramatic impact on the appearance of a person’s smile. It can make teeth look longer, improve tooth-to-gum proportions, and enhance the overall esthetics of the smile.

Gum contouring is typically performed by a periodontist or a cosmetic dentist who has experience in this procedure. Before undergoing gum contouring, it’s important to consult with a dentist to determine if it’s the right option for you and to discuss your goals and expectations. Keep in mind that while gum contouring is primarily a cosmetic procedure, it can also serve functional purposes in certain cases, such as when there’s a dental health concern related to excess gum tissue.