Gum Recontouring

Many factors come together to create a perfect smile. Healthy pink gums form a stark contrast to your white teeth, framing their appearance. Gums wrap around the neck of each tooth in a scalloped fashion. Variations in texture, thickness, height, and color tone all influence the appearance of the gums serving their vital supporting role.

Sometimes one small area of gum can detract from an otherwise pleasant smile. The scalloped flow may be uneven, or a thick area may protrude unnaturally, causing a visual distraction.

Just as a piece of art benefits from reframing, gums can be contoured to complement the smile. Fortunately, laser technology often makes this procedure quick, painless, and dramatic. The results can be observed immediately, and after a few days of healing, your gums look perfectly natural. In some cases, more extensive contouring may be discussed. Dr. Ellison evaluates numerous factors before deciding which approach will give you the finest smile.

Gum Recontouring FAQs

Gum recontouring is one of the easiest ways to give someone a bigger, broader smile without doing anything to the teeth themselves. You may have naturally large beautiful teeth that look small or smaller, simply because there is too much gum covering your own natural tooth. Gum recontouring is done with a laser and simply removes the excess gum tissue from the tooth, leaving you with a bigger broader smile instead of a “gummy smile.” Sometimes a small amount of extra gum can make a tooth look short square instead of its natural shape and size.

There is no downtime involved. When you leave you are ready to resume all activities. The gums may be a little red along the tooth for a few days and you may need to avoid spicy foods for a few days for them to heal fully.


I visited Dr. Susan Ellison's office for a procedure today and had a wonderful experience. Everyone was very professional and welcoming.

-Joann B.

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