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Gum Recontouring – West Seneca, NY

Correction for a Gummy Smile


When you smile, do you see more gum tissue than you’d like? Do your teeth appear small or disproportionate compared to your gums? You may have what is often called a “gummy smile.” For whatever reason, the soft tissue overlaps the tooth surface and makes teeth look smaller than you’d like. Fortunately, our team at Applegate Dental offers gum contouring to correct this problem with a state-of-the-art soft tissue laser. If you have questions about this treatment, or if you’d like to get started, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team and schedule a consultation to discuss gum recontouring West Seneca, NY.

Why Choose Applegate Dental for Gum Recontouring?

  • State-of-the-Art Techniques
  • Sedation for Your Comfort
  • Friendly Team of Experts

What Is Gum Contouring?

Closeup of smile after cosmetic gum contouring

You don’t have to live with a smile you feel self-conscious about. You can take advantage of gum contouring, which is a procedure where we expose more of the tooth by removing small amounts of excess gum tissue from the teeth. Traditionally, this procedure was performed with a scalpel and involved recovery time. However, at Applegate Dental, we use updated technology and techniques for this treatment. We perform contouring with our soft tissue laser, which cauterizes as it severs, so that you experience much less discomfort during the procedure.

What Is Gum Contouring Used For?

Woman in need of gum contouring hiding her smile while talking

For some patients, the gum tissue covers more of the tooth surface than what is necessary. In these cases, we are able to remove this extra gum tissue. This cosmetic procedure can only be performed on patients who have excellent oral health and could benefit from having a more aesthetically proportionate smile.

What Are the Benefits of Gum Contouring?

Woman's beautiful smile after gum contouring

After undergoing gum contouring, you can enjoy a more balanced smile, which can give your confidence a huge boost in social or professional situations. After all, many perceive an attractive smile as a sign of your success, friendliness, and trustworthiness. In addition, this contouring procedure has many other benefits as well:

  • Little to no discomfort with our Biolase soft tissue laser
  • Quick treatment
  • Very little bleeding and recovery

How Much Does Gum Contouring Cost?

Dental team member and patient reviewing gum contouring cost

Your gum contouring procedure can greatly vary from the next patient’s, depending on how much gum area needs to be treated and the severity. As a result, the cost may also vary. Before we can give you an estimate of the cost, we will need to examine your smile during a consultation. Afterward, our front desk team will be able to provide an accurate idea of the cost. Keep in mind that gum contouring is mostly considered cosmetic and likely is not covered by dental insurance.