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You probably know there are many things dentistry can do to help your teeth, preventively, restoratively, and cosmetically. Cosmetic procedures especially are designed to improve the appearance of your smile, something very important to many people. But a large (and often overlooked) component of any smile is the gums. That is why at Smiles of Distinction we offer gum contouring procedures.

Gum contouring is the process of literally reshaping gums. It can be recommended in a variety of circumstances, including to improve the appearance of high or thick gums. Many people don’t like the appearance of these “gummy smiles” because teeth can look shorter or smaller than they really are, even evoking baby teeth. Gum contouring is sometimes called crown lengthening because it helps teeth appear longer.
During a gum contouring procedure, Dr. Bartholemew Schultz carefully removes excess gum material. This causes relatively little discomfort, and recovery time is quite quick. The whole treatment is accomplished in on visit.

In addition to aiding appearance, this treatment can help facilitate restorative procedures. For example, if the gum line is too high, it can be difficult to properly fit restorative crowns or install braces. High gums can also interfere with treating a brake below the gum line.

If you would like to learn more about gum contouring or any of the cosmetic treatments we offer at Smiles of Distinction, please call our office right in Savage, MN. We are eager to help you finally get the smile you’ve always wanted.