Some people have teeth that look too "short" due
to the relationship between their teeth and gums. This creates
a "gummy" smile. A procedure called "gum contouring"
is often used to remove excess gum tissue and expose more
of the crown of the tooth. In fact, your gum line can be carefully
sculpted to create just the right proportion between gum tissue
and tooth surface -- and the result is a better looking smile.
If the gum is uneven around a tooth, gum contouring can smooth
and balance the way your tooth and gum look. The procedure
produces a consistent, even gum line that is aesthetically
Before Gum Contouring
After Gum Contouring
Crown Lengthening is the
same procedure applied for functional instead of (or in addition
to) cosmetic reasons.