Cosmetic Gum Surgery

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What Are Cosmetic Gum Surgeries?

The function of cosmetic gum surgeries is to restore or reshape receding gums back to its aesthetic and natural levels. It is geared towards covering the exposed roots of a receding gum or exposing the root of excess gum and restore its natural beauty.

What Causes Uneven Gums?

Several factors are responsible for increasing or decreasing the levels of gum. The teeth will appear small when the gum covers most of the teeth. This can be caused by specific health issues, genetics, consuming certain medications.

Gums that become too high can make the teeth look very long and can be a result of gum recession, a common dental issue caused by gum retraction from the tooth or loss of gum tissue which reveals the tooth’s root. Gum recession does not only make the teeth appear longer, but it can also cause chronic health issues that result in tooth loss or decay. Gum recession can also result from periodontal disease as well as a decline in the framework that supports the teeth (gum and teeth).

Why Consider Cosmetic Gum Surgery?

You may have been aware of different cosmetic techniques that can be used to enhance the look of the teeth and restore its natural beauty. However, you need to also consider the crucial factor responsible for a bright attractive smile that comes from a properly seated, healthy-looking gum that encompasses and provides support to the teeth. Cosmetic defects are usually caused by too high or too low gum tissues covering the surface of the tooth. There are also conditions of irregular gum line covering the teeth. These inconsistencies and defects can be solved through cosmetic gum surgery.

How It Works

Different minor surgeries can be recommended that will perfectly fit the specific condition of the individual. For instance, an individual might be having a gummy smile, a condition where the teeth appear to be extremely short as a result of an excessive amount of gums. This condition requires a crown lengthening procedure where parts of the gum tissue are removed to enhance the appearance of the teeth in proportion to the smile.

Alternatively, in a situation where the teeth seem to be longer as a result of gum retraction, additional gum tissues can be added or grafted on the receding gum. Gum reshaping procedures are performed to restore or reshape the gum line aimed at improving its appearance and restore beauty to the mouth.

What to Expect

Gum reshaping procedure or cosmetic gum surgery is usually performed by a dental specialist. Today, dentists utilize lasers, radiosurgery, and scalpels to carry out gum reshaping procedures. You can make inquiries about the best possible procedure for your condition form the dentist.

Before performing the procedure, your specialist should revise what will be done with you. Dentists usually draw a pen or line to indicate the position of the new gum line. This will enable you to see how the restructuring is performed or the amount of gum line removed.

Natural aesthetics can also be administered to numb this region. There are situations where bones must be initially removed when reshaping the gum to provide a more durable outcome.

Good Candidate for Cosmetic Gum Surgery

Cosmetic gum surgery is suitable for individuals with a gummy smile or receding gum. Also, those with irregular gum line that intends to restructure or bring uniformity to their gum line are the perfect candidate for cosmetic gum surgery. However, before performing the procedure, it is important to have good dental health, or issues with your dental health must be repaired before performing cosmetic gum surgery.


Try to take adequate rest and perform fewer tasks on the day of the surgery. The healing process of the gums might take a few days or weeks. The dental specialist will provide guidelines on those things that must be done to promote faster recovery.

A few general tips that can be of help during recovery is outlined below:

  • Take over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol to relieve pain according to your dentist’s recommendation. Avoid consuming aspirin as it can cause bleeding.
  • Eat soft, cold meals such as eggs, soft vegetables, ice cream, yogurt, pasta, and cottage cheese for the few days that follow the surgical procedure.
  • Stay away from spicy foods or foods containing seeds until your gums have been completely healed.
  • Follow the recommendation from the dentist on the best period and methods to brush the teeth during gum recovery. Reach out to your dentist once you discover extreme bleeding or swelling.


  • Cosmetic Gum Problems

    Excessive Tissue

    A gummy smile is usually a result of surplus gum tissue abnormally covering the most region of the enamel of a tooth’s crown. For this condition, crown lengthening can be carried out which will remove some part of the gum tissue (or bone tissue as well) to reveal more part of the tooth.

    Gum Recession

    There are situations where the gum can recede or retract which will reveal the more region of a tooth’s root. This is a cosmetic issue as root surfaces without any enamel covering might begin to appear more yellow than the tooth’s crown. The revealed roots can be more susceptible to touch or cold which can even promote faster decay. Several gum restructuring procedures can be performed to restore exposed roots which involve extracting gum tissues from a particular region to reshape another.

    For instance, gum tissues can be extracted from the mouth’s root of similar type or at proximity to cover other exposed areas of the root. There are situations were lab-processed gums from a volunteer is used. The available alternatives will be provided to you by the specialist before the procedure.

    Irregular Gum Line

    This is a condition of irregular gum line where the gum tissues covering some teeth are uneven. Reshaping and restoring the natural beauty of the gum is often possible. This can be corrected using a surgical scalpel or through modern dental laser technology. The laser is more beneficial as it seals the tissue during restructuring which improves the procedure and promotes faster recovery.

    Benefits of Cosmetic Gum Surgery

    Eliminates Surplus Tissue

    Your dental specialist can eliminate surplus gum tissue from your teeth using a common technique known as ablation. This promotes a uniform gum line. The possibility of tooth decay as a result of surplus gum tissues can also be limited.

    Uniform Gum Lining

    A crooked smile sometimes goes beyond just having distorted teeth. Therefore, it is an excellent time to perform some reshaping once you think you have a crooked smile that is caused by the gum. You can even enhance your smile using dental laser technology.

    Helps Fight Tooth Decay

    The ability to fight tooth decay is the most significant part of gum reshaping. A very healthy mouth can begin to suffer from tooth decay when food gets stuck due to surplus gum tissues. This can pose some difficulties when brushing the teeth. Ablation is a procedure that will help to ensure that the teeth remain healthy.


    This procedure can be easily carried out during office visitation which makes it easy for individuals that work full time. It is recommended to inquire about the recovery process from your dental specialist as it might take some days to fully recover for some individuals. Additional painkillers can also be used to reduce pain during recovery.


    Cosmetic gum surgery has been developed to be a permanent procedure that is performed once without requiring any future process. The gum tissue will be permanent without regrowing after it is eliminated. Therefore, you can rest assured after you leave the dental office.

    Final Words

    Cosmetic gum surgery is often performed solely to enhance the appearance of the gums. It may also play a role in a comprehensive smile makeover, in combination with other treatments. If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic gum surgery and how its benefits can help you, you can contact us today at (604) 931-3133 or email us at

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the impact of a receding gum on my smile?

    A receding gum abnormally reveals a larger part of the tooth. Typically, just a small region of the tooth should be revealed above the gumline but a receding gum can cause the root of the tooth to be exposed. Food particles can also become stuck in parts below the gum line which can lead to different bacterial infections and food decay.

    How must is the procedure?

    The cost of the cosmetic procedure will be determined by the extent of the procedure. Speak with your dental specialist about the cost implications based on your specific requirements. Cosmetic gum surgeries are not usually covered by dental insurance.

    What occurs in typical gum surgery?

    After the dental specialist has recognized the need for a cosmetic gum reshaping for your condition, the entire procedure that will be required to restructure the gum explained will be described in detail. Lasers, scalpels, and radiosurgery are utilized by dentists to perform cosmetic gum procedures.

    How will I recognize if a cosmetic gum surgery is required for my condition?

    Gum surgery is a procedure that only aims to improve its appearance which implies that the functionalities of the teeth will not be affected. But some gum retraction conditions are a result of periodontal disease which would require some periodontal procedures complemented with some gum surgeries to provide the required correction.

    Is there any other reason different from cosmetics that would require a procedure?

    Yes, there is. A gummy smile having the most of the tooth covered with gum tissues can easily cause the development of plaque. Treatment should be considered once you discover it is covering the higher part of your tooth.

    How painful is the procedure?

    You will likely not experience any discomfort as the procedure is carried out under local anesthetic and your dental specialist will make sure that you are comfortable during the procedure. Our dental specialists are sympathetic and will listen whenever you begin to feel any form of pain.

    Which medical practitioner perform gum surgery?

    Gum reshaping procedures can be performed by different dentists and periodontists (dental specialists). It is recommended to ask about the experience and the knowledge of your specialist before performing the procedure.

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