Gum Contouring

Contouring a Gummy Smile


A gummy smile is one where your gums cover more surface area on some teeth than others. It can occur for a variety of reasons, though patients often neglect to correct it because it doesn’t seem like a serious condition. Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve your gummy smile, which not only affects its appearance, but also the potential impacts that uneven gums can have on your oral health.

What Is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring involves surgically trimming away the excess gum tissues that cover more of your tooth structure in certain areas. After carefully examining your smile, including your tooth alignment and the proportions of your oral structures, we can design your treatment to achieve optimal cosmetic results with minimal contouring of your gum tissues. In addition to correcting a gummy smile, gum contouring might also be an important component of a complete smile makeover, making sure your gums remain even after your teeth have been improved.

The Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring

For many patients, we may recommend using laser technology to perform gum contouring without the need for a scalpel. Our specially calibrated soft-tissue laser allows us to gently trim away gum tissues with greater comfort and a higher level of precision than traditional surgery. Because of the heightened precision, there is often no need for sutures following the procedure, and the laser helps eliminate harmful oral bacteria around the tissue to reduce the risk of infection or gum disease.

Let us fix your gummy smile

A gummy smile can impact your oral health as well as your smile’s appearance. With gum contouring, you can reverse that impact and regain your confidence in your smile. To schedule an appointment, call Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN, at (763) 416-0606. We also proudly serve the residents of Brooklyn Park, Rogers, Elk River, Osseo, Otsego, Plymouth, Wayzata, and all surrounding communities.