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When you think about ways to improve your smile, you might think of teeth whitening, dental veneers, or some other cosmetic procedure. You might not think about your gums. But they are just as much of your smile as your teeth, and their appearance greatly influences how a smile looks. Gum recontouring can help give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Gum recontouring, also known as crown lengthening or gingivectomy, is a process of shaping gums and removing excess material. Due to a variety of factors, some people have high gum lines. This creates what is called a “gummy smile,” where one’s teeth look shorter and smaller than they really are. Gum recontouring can reverse this and give you a more normal smile. During your procedure, Dr. Amandeep Gill will use a state-of-the-art laser tool that helps ensure a painless experience. You will be back to normal in no time.

While a valuable cosmetic treatment, gum recontouring is also used to help facilitate other procedures. For example, if one’s gums are too high, a replacement crown may be difficult or impossible to attach properly. They can also interfere with treating a fracture on the root of a tooth, and even with braces.

If you want to improve your smile, you might benefit from working on your gums. If you would like to learn more about gum recontouring, as well as the other cosmetic dental procedures we offer at Gill Family Dentistry, please call our Modesto, CA, office today.