Gum Contouring

Gum Contouring

When we think of the perfect smile, we often think immediately of perfectly shaped white teeth. However, there is so much more to a great smile that we sometimes don’t notice unless there is an issue. If you have that issue though, it can often be difficult to look at anything else.

Many of our patients feel like their teeth look too short and stubby. If you have ever felt this way, gum contouring may be an option for you. Gum contouring can also help to close up pockets in the gums that can hold harmful bacteria and wreak havoc on your dental health.

The Process

When people describe a “gummy smile,” what they are really talking about are gums that protrude further past the root than normal. This means that the gums are growing up on the surface of the teeth. While this doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the actual structure of the teeth, it can make people very self-conscious about their smile.

Gum contouring utilizes a laser or cutting tool to remove the excess gum tissue. This helps to expose more of the enamel of the tooth without harming the surface of the tooth. Once the area is numbed with a local anesthetic, the tissue can be removed, usually in a single office visit. Patients can see the results immediately.


Fortunately, the healing process for this surgery is generally pretty fast. Patients may feel some minor pain or discomfort, but this should resolve in a few days. Additionally, the gum tissue may be somewhat swollen in the days after the procedure, but after a week or two, you should be able to recognize the final results of gum contouring.


The cost of gum contouring can range depending on where you are located, but generally, costs are between $600 and $2000. Some insurances will cover the cost of gum contouring, especially if there is a demonstrated medical need. However, you should work with your dentist to get an accurate price and contact your insurance provider to see if they cover this procedure. Contact our offices today and set up a consultation appointment. After reviewing your history and the severity of your condition, we can get you an accurate cost estimate, so you know exactly what to expect.


Once you have gone home and started the recovery process, it is important to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Maintain a strict dental regimen. As the gums are healing, they are more susceptible to infection or disease, so it is critical to practice proper hygiene. You should also ensure that you are very gentle when brushing or flossing during this time. Many patients unknowingly cause damage to their gums by applying too much force to the gums. This can push them down below their natural location or cause excessive irritation.

If you are experiencing pain from the procedure, you can take some over the counter pain medications. You can also apply cold compresses, or drink cool liquids. If you notice any severe bleeding or other side effects, contact your dentist or medical provider immediately. However, the frequency of side effects associated with gum contouring is very low.


If you’ve been looking to have that perfect smile, gum contouring may be the perfect option for you. Our professional staff has the experience and expertise that you need to make sure you get the results that you deserve. Gum contouring is one of a several of options that we use to make sure that you get the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Contact our offices to set up an appointment today.

This list represents just some of the cosmetic dentistry appointments that we can offer at Smile by Choice. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry, or to arrange your consultation at our comfortable, state-of-the-art facility in Manhattan, NY, please call our team today at 917-412-2334.