How Our Team Contours Your Gums

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Our cosmetic treatments offer more than just procedures to correct the shape and color of the teeth. For some, concerns with the gums, such as a gummy smile, could be a source of embarrassment. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about how our team can use gum contouring to improve smile beauty.

Gummy Smiles and Other Esthetic Concerns

For some, issues with the growth and development of the smile could make the gum line uneven, which in turns create the illusion of uneven teeth. You could also display too much tissue when you smile. This could make you feel self-conscious about your smile, and no amount of teeth whitening or dental bonding will address the root cause. Instead, you need a cosmetic treatment that is focused on the gums themselves, and could offer major improvements only one visit.

The Gum Contouring Process

With gum contouring, our team will gently mark the tissues that need to be removed and then employ a dental laser to carefully remove them with precision and accuracy, preventing damage to the healthy tissues. This enables our team to reshape the gum line and improve symmetry in only one visit. The use of lasers instead of scalpels and sutures means a much faster healing period, and the risk of bleeding, swelling, and infection is significantly lower. Most people only need a day of rest before returning to normal activities too. The procedure is also a comfortable one, and one that rarely needs any anesthesia at all.

Treating Periodontal Disease

The same lasers can also aid in the treatment of periodontal disease. In the more advanced stage, in which scaling and root planing is no longer enough to make management possible, we could use the lasers to gently and carefully remove the diseased portions of periodontal tissues. This reduces the depth of periodontal pockets and allows healthy tissues to attach to the teeth. Moving forward, the disease can be easily managed with cleanings every three to four months and good homecare habits, so you avoid complications like adult tooth loss and discomfort.

If you have any questions about our cosmetic treatments, including gum contouring, then contact our team today. We can schedule a cosmetic consultation to see if you need treatment, and what option will best help your smile. Our team also offers periodontal treatments to keep your smile strong and healthy, ensuring these tissues properly frame your smile.


We would like to help you transform your smile in only one sitting. If you’re ready to schedule a visit with our team, contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.