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What is Gum Recontouring?

smile recontouing

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers, some of the things most people are familiar with are treatments like teeth whitening, dental veneers, or bonding.

But one procedure that can make a big impact on your smile’s appearance doesn’t have anything to do with your teeth…but rather your gums.

Since your gums “frame” your smile, an irregular shape and contour can make healthy teeth look short or lopsided.

As a solution, we can adjust your gumlines to reveal fuller teeth and a healthier looking smile. We call the process gum recontouring.


Significant Results in One Visit

During a gum recontouring treatment, a new margin is “drawn” so that your gumlines are even from one tooth to the next. While they still have a scalloped contour around each of your teeth, the amount of tooth surface that’s visible is enlarged.

It’s a great solution to consider if you struggle with:

  • Short or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Excess gum tissue due to hormonal changes (pregnancy) or specific medications
  • A tooth that needs a crown, but not enough structure is visible above the gums*
  • Therapeutic methods to manage gum disease*

*In this situation, a portion of the root is exposed, making it easier to access for restorative or hygiene needs. This process is also called “crown lengthening.”


Consider Gum Recontouring During Your Smile Makeover

When it comes to helping your smile look its best, Somersmiles Dental wants to approach the treatment on a tooth-by-tooth basis. Whether it’s adjusting the contours of your teeth or gums, lightening the shade of your smile, or talking about covering a few irregular edges with dental bonding, there’s a solution for everyone!

Find out if gum contouring is right for you. Book a visit at Somersmiles Dental in Somerville today to get started.