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Sometimes teeth may appear short due to an excess of gum tissue. This can create an unattractive, "gummy" smile. An uneven gum line can also be distracting.

The gum line, and the bone just beneath the gum line, can be recontoured to change the appearance of your smile. This can create a more even gum line or make the teeth appear longer. Gingival contouring is the process of recontouring the gum tissue only. Crown lengthening refers to recontouring of both gum tissue and supporting bone.

Procedure: Dr. Herriges administers a local anesthetic and gently recontours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural teeth.




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