Correcting Gummy Smiles

Cosmetic dentistry offers more than just brighter smiles and treatments for damaged or malformed teeth. In fact, we can even correct issues related to your gums! A gummy smile, in which you expose too much gingival tissue when you smile, could lead to a number of esthetic concerns. With contouring, your El Paso, TX, dentists can address the issue in one visit.

The Benefits of Gum Contouring

When we have an excessive amount of gum tissue, this impacts the appearance of our smile. For many, teeth could appear small or uneven. If you have issues with too much gum being displayed when you smile, let us know. We will perform a detailed examination to assess the cause and severity of your esthetic concern. We will also look for the presence of gum disease. Using advanced technology, we can carefully trim the gumline with accuracy and precision, removing the excess tissue and changing the shape and contour of the gum line, this instantly improves your smile’s appearance. The procedure only takes one visit to complete, and you can return home. Take things easy for the first day or two and avoid strenuous activity. Afterward, you can return to your regular activities and we will schedule a follow-up visit to ensure everything is healing properly.

Addressing Gum Disease

Gum disease could also cause gingival swelling and impact smile beauty. Now, we may be able to manage gum disease and protect the smile from periodontitis, the advanced stage responsible tooth loss, with a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, this removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots. However, if you have more severe cases of periodontal disease, we may use contouring to remove the infected and diseased tissue. Healthy gums can adhere to the teeth, closing periodontal pockets and allowing us to manage the disease and protect your smile.

Preserving Gum Health

Be sure and let us know if you experience changes to your smile, such as sore, bleeding gums that appear red or swollen, or that recede from the teeth. With routine care and contouring, we can help treat the disease and protect your smile’s health and beauty. If you have any questions about our cosmetic treatments or our approach to ensuring good periodontal health, then contact our team today. You can also use your 2019 benefits before the year ends!


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we have a number of different cosmetic treatment options to improve the beauty of your smile, often in a single visit. If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, then you can reach our East El Paso dental practice on 10039 Dyer St., at 915-859-7000!