Gum Reshaping: Simple Procedure that Dramatically Improves Smile

Gum reshaping is a relatively simple procedure performed by Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles to reveal tooth structure and give patients a better smile.

Gum reshaping is a procedure that we do when patients have too much gum covering their teeth.  The problem is not so much that they have short crowns but some patients appear to have small, square teeth when they smile, or when they smile they just show a lot of gums and very little white teeth.  When that happens it is often a condition called “altered passive eruption,” which is a fancy term for saying that the gums simply are overlapping the teeth too much.  As a result, the patient has a less than desirable smile.

The patients who have too much gum tissue often think that their teeth are the problem and they assume that very little can be done to make their teeth larger or less square.  However, the problem may just be that the surface of the teeth are hidden by too much gum.

To solve this problem, we reposition the gum so we can expose all the natural tooth structure that is there.  This procedure is used commonly for adolescents after orthodontics, and we create really dramatic results for patients when we can reposition their teeth.  We call it a “gum lift,” even though it is not a very accurate term, but gum reshaping is a quick and simple one that we do routinely in our periodontal office and it brightens up a patient’s smile immediately.

Gum reshaping is one of the most gratifying procedures we do in our office and it is not too uncomfortable, it is certainly not very involved, and the patient’s recovery time is very quick.  This procedure provides a huge cosmetic advantage for many patients.  Many patients are pleasantly surprised that such a simple procedure provides them with a dramatic esthetic benefit.

Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
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