How to Treat a Gummy Smile

Cosmetic, General & Implant Dentist Serving Fremont, Newark, Union City & Nearby Bay Area, California


Posted: October 9, 2018

A beautiful smile is a combination of the teeth and gums. Even if your teeth are healthy and white, if they are obscured by excessive or irregular gum tissue, they may not be as attractive as they could be. When gum tissue extends too far down the teeth, making your teeth look small or uneven, this is called a “gummy smile.”African-American woman smiling, showing her beautiful teeth lengthened from gum contouring | Montane Dental Care

Fremont cosmetic dentist Dr. Jorge Montane has experience treating gummy smiles through advanced gum recontouring techniques. He offers laser, scalpel, and electro-surgery wand gummy smile treatment, and takes the time to create a custom treatment plan unique to your goals and circumstances.

If you are interested in improving your gummy smile through gum recontouring, please call Dr. Montane today at 510-795-0444 to schedule your complimentary consultation. Nicknamed “No Pain Montane” by his patients, Dr. Montane strives to create the most comfortable experience possible with the best results.

Lengthen Your Teeth Through Gum Recontouring

Excessive gum tissue can cause teeth to look unnaturally small. The solution to this problem, in most cases, is gum recontouring. This procedure carefully and precisely trims the excess gum tissue in order to expose more of your teeth. Irregular gum tissue can be evened out at the same time, for a beautifully symmetrical and even smile.

There are three methods that dentists use to contour the gums, which are:

  • Scalpel
  • Electro-surgery
  • Diode laser

Each of these methods has its own benefits and drawbacks, and Dr. Montane does not limit himself to just one during his gum recontouring treatments. He will utilize whichever method or combination of methods he thinks will result in the best outcome with the least amount of recovery time and discomfort for the patient.

Dr. Montane will discuss with you each of the options for gum recontouring, and will make sure you are fully aware of what the procedure can do, what the potential recovery time will be like, and what to expect during treatment. If you have questions or concerns, you should feel free to voice them and Dr. Montane will answer and check to make sure you understand.

Are You a Gum Recontouring Candidate?

Gum recontouring is ideal for patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their gums and teeth. If your gums show when you smile, or if your teeth appear short or small due to your gums, then gum recontouring may be able to give you the smile you want.

The best candidates for gum recontouring:

  • Are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth due to excessive gum tissue
  • Understand the risks and rewards of gum recontouring
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have healthy gums and teeth
  • Practice good oral hygiene

If you have gum disease, this will need to be addressed before you can undergo gum recontouring. In addition, if you have significant tooth decay or other problems, these should be addressed before undergoing any cosmetic dental procedure. Dr. Montane will craft a treatment plan for you that addresses all of your dental issues if needed.

Schedule Your Gummy Smile Treatment Consultation

If you have a gummy smile that you would like to fix, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Montane at 510-795-0444 today to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve patients in Fremont, Newark, Union City, and other Bay Area locales.