Gum Contouring


What is gum contouring?

Gum contouring is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure to alter the size and shape of gum tissue. Excessive gingival display is characterized by too much gum tissue on your teeth making them appear too short and disrupting the balance and symmetry of your smile. Using Electrosurge, which gently removes the unwanted tissue, Dr. Truong can safely and effectively enhance the esthetics of your smile.

What causes excessive gingival display?

A gummy smile can be caused by several factors. In some cases, teeth erupt abnormally and remain covered by gum tissue. The teeth can appear stubby, but removal of excessive gum tissue will reveal teeth that are of a normal size. Sometimes patients flash too much gum tissue because of a hyperactive muscle in the upper lip, which makes the lip rise higher than it should. Developmental issues in the upper jaw could also cause gum tissue to protrude and display excessively when you smile.

How is a gum contouring procedure performed?

Dr. Truong will first numb the gum tissues with a local anesthetic, followed by marking the areas to be removed. Using her state-of-the-art Electrosurge unit, which precisely removes soft tissues using an electric current, she will sculpt your gum tissues to reveal the full length of your teeth, and give your smile proper balance. Electrosurge offers many benefits over traditional surgery with scalpels including cauterizing the tissues as it removes them, which decreases bleeding and excessive swelling. Thus, your recovery time will be a lot faster. The end result will be a properly-balanced smile with gum tissues that beautifully frame your teeth.

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