Gum Reshaping

Gum reshaping is a surgical procedure that involves trimming away excess gum tissue. It is performed in-office under a local anesthetic, and can be completed in an hour or less.


Excess gum tissue can trap food and impede cleaning, leaving the teeth more susceptible to decay and other dental problems. This is why many patients choose to undergo gum reshaping.


Many people are self-conscious about their smile because they have an excessive amount of gum tissue that covers a large portion of their teeth. Gum reshaping is a cosmetic procedure that can remove the excess tissue and give your teeth a longer, more appealing appearance. The procedure also addresses an uneven gum line by creating a more balanced frame around your teeth.

The procedure is typically performed in-office and takes about one to two hours. We use a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. A soft tissue laser or scalpel is used to reshape your gums and lengthen your teeth. If you have receded gums, we may also need to graft additional tissue from another part of your mouth to fill in the area.

Aside from cosmetic benefits, gum reshaping can benefit your oral health by reducing periodontal (gum) disease, decreasing gum irritation and tooth decay, and enhancing the overall strength of your teeth. It can even increase your confidence because you will no longer have a “gummy” smile.

The recovery from gum reshaping is usually relatively painless. You may experience some tenderness and swelling following the procedure, but this can be managed with an aspirin-free pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. It is important to follow your dentist’s instructions for brushing and oral care after your treatment, and it is also a good idea to stick with a soft diet of yogurt, soup, applesauce or ice cream for a few days.


Before the procedure begins, the dentist will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the gum tissue. The surgeon can use either a scalpel or a dental laser to trim away excess gum tissue and reshape the gum line. The use of a laser makes the procedure quick and virtually painless, as it cauterizes and seals the tissue as it cuts. It is also less invasive than traditional methods.

The procedure usually takes place in one office visit. Patients can expect some tenderness and swelling after treatment, which will last for a day or two. It is recommended that patients take an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). Applying an ice pack or cold compress can reduce inflammation and discomfort after the surgery as well.

In addition to its cosmetic benefits, gum reshaping can help prevent tooth decay. Excess gum tissue traps food, which allows bacteria to grow and lead to tooth decay. Removing a small amount of gum tissue allows food to fall underneath, where it can be properly cleaned by the toothbrush and floss.

Typically, gum contouring is considered an elective dental procedure and not covered by insurance. However, if your teeth and gums are not healthy due to periodontal disease, your insurance provider may cover the cost of the surgery. Contact your insurance provider for more information.


Gum contouring is an outpatient procedure and recovery time varies. It depends on the amount of tissue that was removed or grafted, but in general, patients should experience no more than a few days of tenderness and discomfort. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen are typically recommended. Aspirin should be avoided as it can thin the blood and cause increased bleeding during this healing process. A saline rinse may also be recommended to reduce swelling and prevent infection, which will help speed up recovery.

You can expect to be back to your regular routine within a couple of weeks. During this time, you should avoid activities that can put pressure on your gums, such as sports or chewing hard foods. You should also limit smoking and use a mouthwash to promote healthy gums.

The procedure is typically performed by a periodontist, which means it will be completed under local anesthesia. The periodontist has specialized training in dealing with the gum tissues, which is vital to the procedure’s success. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions and keep in contact with the office to ensure a smooth healing journey. In the long run, you will be rewarded with a more even and beautiful smile! This procedure can also be used to correct the cosmetic effects of gum disease, which can include receding gums that expose too much of your teeth.


Gum contouring, also known as gingival sculpting or gingivoplasty, is typically considered a cosmetic procedure for altering the gum line. However, in some cases, it is done for health reasons, such as treating periodontal disease. In these cases, it is often covered by dental insurance.

The cost of gum reshaping can vary, depending on how much work is needed to be done. During the consultation, the dentist or periodontist will examine the patient’s teeth and gums and determine the extent of the work that is necessary to achieve the desired results. Then, the dentist will provide a detailed cost estimate for the surgery.

Other factors that can impact the cost of gum reshaping include the type and expertise of the dental professional, the location where the surgery is performed, and any other procedures that may be part of the treatment plan. For example, crown lengthening can be required for some patients as a part of their gum contouring procedure, which will increase the overall cost of the surgery.

Having gums that are too short or long can negatively impact the appearance of your smile. Luckily, there are several options available to make your gums appear more balanced. Consult with a dentist or periodontist to find out if you are a candidate for gum reshaping, and be sure to discuss your oral health needs and what your insurance coverage is.