Gum Reshaping

Gum reshaping, also known as tissue sculpting, involves removing excess gum tissue to reshape and even out your smile. This procedure is often performed with a laser and requires little if any anesthesia.


For patients who suffer from a periodontal disease or have receding gums, this procedure can help restore lost tissue and prevent future complications. In these cases, dental insurance typically covers a portion of the costs.


Aesthetic gum contouring, also known as a “gum lift,” is primarily used for cosmetic purposes. It is an effective treatment for individuals who have a “gummy smile” or excess gum tissue that makes the teeth look small. This condition can make people feel self-conscious and can negatively impact their confidence. Aesthetic gum contouring is a simple procedure that can make a huge difference in the appearance of your smile and can greatly improve your overall happiness.

Gummy smiles are primarily caused by excess gum tissue covering the majority of your tooth crowns, making them appear small when you smile. Even if your teeth are perfectly straight, white, and free of any blemishes, they will still appear smaller than they should. An aesthetic gum lift removes excess gum tissue and sculpts a more aesthetically pleasing gum line, creating the perfect frame for your beautiful smile.

Unlike other types of cosmetic surgery, gum reshaping is minimally invasive and has a fast recovery time. You can expect to experience some discomfort, but this will be controlled with local anesthesia. It is important to follow your doctor’s post-treatment instructions for best results. Taking antibiotics and avoiding picking at or touching the treated area will help you avoid infection and ensure that your recovery is as quick as possible. You will also need to eat soft foods to prevent food from getting stuck under your gums as you heal.


Gingivectomy is a procedure that removes excess gum tissue to reveal more of your tooth. This can help correct a “gummy smile,” which makes your teeth look small and less attractive. Additionally, it can help people with receding gum tissue. If the gums recede too much, it can expose a lot of the tooth root, which can lead to weaker, looser teeth and even more serious health issues such as infections and disease.

Genetics often plays a big role in the shape of our teeth and gums. Some of us have a more prominent, “gummy” smile than others. Gum reshaping and contouring can fix these problems by removing the extra tissue that hides or covers too much of the tooth, lengthening the appearance of teeth that seem smaller than they should, or fixing an uneven gum line.

This cosmetic dental procedure is generally very low-cost, especially when performed by an experienced professional such as Dr. Rutherford. However, some patients may require a tooth or gum restoration before this treatment can be carried out effectively, and this will add to the cost. If the gum reshaping surgery is a necessity due to periodontal disease, then your dental insurance might cover a portion of the costs. Consult with our office to find out if this is an option for you.


Gum reshaping is considered a cosmetic dental procedure, but it can also serve a medical purpose. Patients who have gum recession due to periodontal disease may require gum reshaping to restore their gumline and protect their teeth from further damage.

During the gum reshaping process, we will use a precision laser to remove any excess tissue from the area. This allows us to reshape your gumline without the need for sutures or scalpels and minimizes discomfort. We will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area before beginning. Depending on the extent of the reshaping, you might feel tenderness and soreness for a few days afterward. Using an aspirin-free pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce swelling and ease your discomfort.

It is important to avoid foods and drinks that are sharp or could cut, poke or irritate your gums until they have healed completely. We recommend sticking to a soft diet of yogurt, soup, ice cream or pudding for the first few days after surgery. You should also limit strenuous activity, such as sports or weight lifting until you have recovered fully. It is also crucial to follow proper oral hygiene techniques during this time to ensure your recovery is successful. We will schedule a follow-up visit to examine your gums and make sure they are healing properly.


The gum contouring procedure is relatively painless but there will be some discomfort. This will depend on the extent of the work performed by the periodontist and whether a scalpel or laser was used to complete the task. Typically, the numbness and tenderness will last about seven to ten days. During this time, it is important to refrain from exercise, as it can increase blood flow and thereby increase the risk of swelling. It is also recommended that you consume soft foods like yogurt, soup and ice cream and avoid foods with small pieces such as nuts or popcorn. Rinsing the mouth with lukewarm salt water several times per day is a great way to keep the area clean and stave off infection.

If you experience severe pain or sensitivity, speak with your dentist or periodontist about taking an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen. However, it is important to avoid aspirin, as it can thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding.

Gum contouring is a simple yet effective way to improve the appearance of your smile and correct issues such as excessive gum tissue, which can make your teeth look smaller than they actually are or create the image that you have a “gummy” smile. It can also be beneficial for patients with Gingival Hyperplasia, an overgrowth of gum tissue that can occur as a result of pregnancy, certain medications such as antiseizure or immunosuppressant drugs or as a hereditary trait.