When you smile, do you see mostly your gum tissue instead of your teeth? This aesthetic issue is commonly referred to as a “gummy smile” or “crowded smile.” If you are dealing with this problem, we invite you to come in for a consultation. You may be a candidate for gum contouring, which is also known as gum recontouring or gingivoplasty. Read on below to learn more about this cosmetic procedure.
During a gum contouring procedure, we use a soft tissue laser to gently and precisely remove excess gum tissue. This exposes more of the dentition underneath, thereby making the teeth appear longer and revealing a more proportionate smile.
Of course, an improved appearance is not the only benefit offered by gum contouring. Some other advantages of this procedure include:
You may be a candidate for gum contouring if:
The cost of gum contouring depends on a few factors. For example, you are likely to pay more if you need to have your gums trimmed near several teeth, rather than near just one or two. If you are sedated during the surgery, that will also have a bearing on cost. Additionally, it is possible that the bone surrounding your teeth will also need to be modified. This surgery, known as crown lengthening, may cost more than procedures that only affect the gum tissue.
During your consultation, our team will be happy to provide you with a cost estimate for your treatment. We will also assist you as you learn about your payment options. Dental insurance usually does not cover gum contouring. However, most patients are eligible for low-interest financing through CareCredit. The application process is fast, and approval usually takes just a few minutes.