Some people have teeth that look too "short" due to the relationship
between their teeth and gums. This creates a "gummy" smile.
A procedure called "gum contouring" is often used to remove
excess gum tissue and expose more of the crown of the tooth. In fact,
your gum line can be carefully sculpted to create just the right proportion
between gum tissue and tooth surface -- and the result is a better looking
If the gum is uneven around a tooth, gum contouring can smooth and balance
the way your tooth and gum look. The procedure produces a consistent,
even gum line that is esthetically pleasing.
Before Gum Contouring
After Gum Contouring
Crown Lengthening is the same procedure
applied for functional instead of (or in addition to) cosmetic reasons.
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