Frame a Beautiful Smile
with Gum Contouring

If your gum line is uneven, or you have too much gum tissue showing around your teeth, gum contouring can create a more even, balanced frame for your smile. Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht is up-to-date in the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques, ensuring that your gum contouring procedure will be conducted with the highest level of care. At North Meridian Dental Excellence in Indianapolis, IN, we use precise injection methods to ensure your total comfort. For an even more dramatic outcome, we can also combine your procedure with porcelain veneers.

Illustration of before and after gum contouring
Gum contouring can create the appearance of longer, more proportionate teeth.

What is Gum Contouring?

An excess amount of gum tissue around the base of your tooth can make your teeth seem short and stubby, giving your smile a “gummy” appearance. Teeth that are straight and healthy can seem disproportionate if the gum line is uneven or unbalanced. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile as a result of an excessive amount of gum tissue, Dr. Ahlbrecht may recommend gum contouring.

Teeth that are straight and healthy can seem disproportionate if the gum line is uneven or unbalanced.

Gum Contouring Candidates

The best candidates for gum contouring have good oral health with no signs of gum disease, but are generally unsatisfied with the appearance of their gum line. This procedure can address a variety of cosmetic and restorative issues, including:

  • Removing excess gum tissue to minimize a “gummy smile”
  • Improve the appearance of teeth that look short and stubby
  • Straightening an uneven, jagged gum line which causes teeth to appear asymmetrical
  • Lengthening a back molar (crown lengthening) to create a seamless fit for a dental crown

The Gum Contouring Procedure

To begin the procedure, Dr. Ahlbrecht will administer anesthesia using Wand® STA® technology to provide optimal comfort. Once the area is numb and your gums are fully prepped, he will use a small hand-held tool to sculpt and reshape your gum line. The procedure can be completed in a matter of minutes and most patients experience minimal bleeding during the procedure.

Before completing the procedure, Dr. Ahlbrecht will pay careful attention to each tooth to ensure your smile is adequately shaped and your desired results are achieved. After the procedure, you will be given specific at-home care instructions to follow to ensure you achieve a smooth recovery. Although you may experience some swelling and soreness, most patients can return to normal activity within 24 hours. Taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and eating soft foods for the first few days can help minimize any discomfort.

How Gum Contouring Can Benefit You

As one of the most transformative cosmetic dentistry procedures we provide, gum contouring provides numerous aesthetic and health benefits, including:

  • Pristine, permanent, and accurate results
  • Straighter-looking smile and even gum line
  • More proportionate-looking teeth
  • Improved oral health since excess gum tissue can cause food and bacteria to get easily trapped

Regardless of your unique needs, Dr. Ahlbrecht will work carefully to achieve completely natural-looking results. 

Schedule Your Consultatio

If you are interested in achieving a straighter, more symmetrical gum line, you may enjoy the benefits that gum contouring can provide. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Ahlbrecht, contact our office today online or by calling (317) 571-5000.

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"North Meridian Dental Excellence is great! They've somehow cracked the code on making a trip to the dentist an enjoyable experience. Dr. Ahlbrecht and his team are all great to work with. Everyone is extremely friendly, nice and fun, while maintaining a professional, clean and private environment."

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8902 N Meridian St
Ste 102
Indianapolis, IN 46260

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