People who have too high gums on their teeth and are not happy with their smiles, can opt for gum reduction or gum contouring. This procedure helps shape an uneven gum line and imparts a smile that makes you feel confident. Gum reduction can be caused due to genetics, a health issue or a particular medication. While most people undergo this procedure to improve their smiles, some people get it done because it may be a necessary procedure. It may take a few days or weeks to recover from gum contouring surgery, and you have to follow your dentist’s instructions strictly.
Gum contouring is done mostly through laser treatment, which helps shape the gums by cutting away the excessively low lying gums to expose more of the teeth and improve one’s smile. Likewise, for patients with little and higher up gums, the teeth look longer than desirable. In such cases, tissues are extracted from other parts of the mouth and planted or placed over these teeth to make them look normal-sized while increasing the size of the gums. With modern techniques like lasers today, gum contouring has become a near painless procedure.