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Gum Contouring


Gum Contouring

By August 3, 2016
  • 25+ Years Experience
  • Advanced Post-Graduate Training In:• Implant Prosthodontics• Oral & Sinus Surgery• Cosmetic Dentistry• Conscious Sedation
  • DIPLOMATE Status at ICOI
  • FELLOWSHIP Status at Misch Implant Institute

Gum Contouring Can Bring Balance and Beauty to Your Smile

Dr. Varghese John knows that a beautiful smile can provide a significant boost to your self-confidence. iStock_000016094055For patients who have too much gum showing in their smiles, Dr. John offers cosmetic gum contouring at his state-of-the-art practice located in Sugar Land, TX. Sometimes called crown lengthening or a gum lift, this procedure involves the removal of excess gum tissue so that an optimal amount remains. The procedure can also be used to create uniformity for a gum line that is uneven. When just the right amount of gum shows, and the gum line has a pleasing scallop-shape that frames the teeth, it can make an incredible difference in your smile. To find out if gum contouring is for you, contact our dental practice today.


Excessive gum tissue may be caused by medications, disease, trauma, or heredity. Gum contouring is often used to improve a smile that looks “gummy”. If you have too much gum tissue visible, it can often overpower your smile. Likewise, if the gums appear to come down too low over your teeth, it takes away from the symmetry of an ideal smile and can make your teeth appear small or short.

Gum contouring can be great for patients who:
  • Have gums that cover too much of some teeth while leaving others the right length
  • Have a difficult time keeping the area with excessive gum tissue clean
  • Have one or more teeth that look misshapen because of an uneven gum line
  • Are planning to have dental crowns or veneers placed and need a little more area to make room for them


Gum contouring is a minimally invasive procedure that can be accomplished in one visit to Dr. John. First, he will work with you to identify the ideal placement for your newly reshaped gum line, and the specific areas to be reshaped. As part of this process, he may draw a line on your gums so you can better visualize the result.

“As a cosmetic dentist with years of experience, Dr. John is skilled at exposing only the part of the tooth that is normally visible.”

Once the contouring border has been established, Dr. John will administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you will be comfortable. Next, he will gently remove small amounts of gum tissue. Working in a precise manner, he will expose just the right amount of gum tissue for an attractive tooth-to-gum ratio.

As a cosmetic dentist with years of experience, Dr. John is skilled at exposing only the part of the tooth that is normally visible. During the period when your gums are healing, we recommend that you eat soft foods and avoid spicy foods, as well as foods with seeds. Also, you should be extra gentle when you are brushing and flossing your teeth. If you experience any discomfort, an over-the-counter pain medication should provide sufficient relief.


Gum contouring is a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure. You can avoid potential risks such as excessive bleeding and swelling of the gums by choosing a qualified cosmetic dentist like Dr. John. The benefits of gum contouring include having a more balanced smile without excess gum tissue detracting from its beauty.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to get an opinion on your need for dental crowns or bridges.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any aspect of your dental health – we don’t charge for giving advice!

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If you want to complete this procedure but need a little bit longer to make the appointment, we will gladly extend your offer until you are able to do so. Please complete the form below so we can be in touch with you and reserve this special offer for you.

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