Gum Recontouring

Periodontists are often considered the plastic surgeons of dentistry. If you are looking to improve your smile, a periodontist may be able to help.

What Causes A “gummy Smile”?

A “gummy smile” can be caused by multiple reasons. One of the most common reasons is what is called altered passive eruption, a process by which the gum tissue does not fully retract from the teeth during normal growth and development.  Below are is a video describing some of the reasons why a gummy smile may occur.

How Is The Procedure Performed?

Typically the gum tissue is reshaped into a more ideal contour, then the underlying support is modified to ensure the gum tissue will remain stable over time.  This can be performed with simple local anesthetic and you are able to drive  yourself home after the procedure.  Most patients report the post-operative discomfort as minimal.

Will I Know What It Will Look Like?


With photo editing it is possible to have a “preview” of what your smile could look like without surgery to see if it is right for you.  A smiling photo is taken and “morphed” into the expected result.  Please see below for example:

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Before And After Images

Case 1

Close-up of a completed gum grafting, illustrating detailed workmanship.Close-up view of a healthy gum line following a successful gum grafting procedure at Westport Periodontics.

Case 2

Periodontal surgeon adjusting gum tissues during grafting.Final touches on gum grafting to enhance oral health and aesthetics

Case 3

Pre-treatment photo showing initial gum line before contouring procedure at Westport Periodontics.Post-treatment photo demonstrating successful gum contouring results at Westport Periodontics.

Case 4

Expert periodontist at Westport Periodontics performing advanced gum grafting.Detailed surgical view during a gum grafting operation.

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