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Do you have a less than stellar smile? If your gums are too high or too low around the teeth, you may benefit from gum reshaping surgery. Gum reshaping, also known as gingivectomy and crown lengthening, can even out one’s uneven gum line to give you the confident smile you have always wanted.

Gum recession, where the gums recede away from the teeth expose the root of the tooth, making the teeth appear too long. Left untreated, gum recession can cause tooth decay and ultimately, tooth loss. Exposed tooth roots are the result of gingival recession and periodontal (gum) disease, but it can also be caused by trauma and overly aggressive tooth brushing.

While gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of one’s smile, it can also be medically necessary if part of the lengthening of the crown, reduction of gum pockets, and to regenerate the gum tissue. Typically, gum contouring can be done by a general dentist or a periodontist, and is done in the office, using a local anesthetic. At the dental practice of Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer in Cedar Hills, Utah, we are pleased to offer gum (soft-tissue) grafting for our patients.

Whether you need gum reshaping because of short teeth, bulky, excess gum tissue, an uneven gum line or gum tissue infected by periodontal disease, our team is here to help. If you are interested in learning more about gum reshaping to improve your oral health and smile, please call Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer today to schedule your consultation with our team.