What Is Gum Contouring?

What Is Gum Contouring?Some people have a disproportionate ration of gum to teeth. Even with teeth that are healthy and straight, a gummy smile can make you feel insecure. Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that sculpts excessive gum tissue into a perfect proportion for the teeth. Traditional gum contouring is a surgical procedure done with a scalpel and local anesthesia. This surgical method requires stitches and some healing time. A new, modern technique for gum contouring is done using a soft-tissue diode laser. The laser can give more precise results with less discomfort, less healing time, and no stitches. 

What to expect

You and our dentist will first determine if gum contouring is right for you and your smile. Once decided, you will discuss the desired shape and appearance of the gums. With the soft-tissue diode laser, many patients do not require local anesthesia, but it can be provided. The laser treatment takes a shorter time than the surgical procedure, so your visit will not be too long.

Part of a bigger cosmetic plan

Gum contouring may just be one piece of the puzzle in recreating your perfect smile. If you find yourself insecure about more than just your gums, you and your dentist can help create a plan to restore and upgrade your smile. Gum contouring can be done in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures over multiple visits. Porcelain veneers or dental bonding can help improve the shape and condition of your teeth while gum contouring can help improve the shape of the gums. Gum contouring can be done in an overall way to remove excess gum tissue. It can also be done in a strategic way to create symmetry if your gums were uneven.

Is gum contouring right for your smile?

Learn more about gum contouring. Call Absolute Dental Care today at (757) 428-7440 to schedule a consultation. Located in Virginia Beach, VA, we also proudly welcome patients of all ages from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.