When we talk about cosmetic treatments, we don’t just mean your teeth. In addition to teeth whitening and other treatments designed to improve the color and shape of your teeth, we also have treatment focus on your gums. A gummy smile means you display too much gum tissue when you smile, which can lead to a number of cosmetic issues. In order to correct the issue, we may recommend unique cosmetic treatment option: gum contouring. Using advanced technology, we can help reshape your gums and improve your smile’s beauty. What should patients in Kansas City, MO, expect from this treatment option?

How Does Gum Contouring Work?

With gum contouring, we employ laser dentistry to reshape the gum line. Excessive gum tissue could make your teeth appear small or uneven. Removing the excess gum tissue allows us to reshape the smile for improved esthetics.

Gum Disease Prevention

Gum disease occurs when inflammation causes the gum to pull away from the teeth, exposing pockets at the gum line for bacteria to enter. Once bacteria enter these pockets, periodontal disease forms. Without treatment to manage the disease, you may eventually develop periodontitis, the advanced stage responsible for adult tooth loss. To maintain option oral health, you need to take preventive measures against gum disease. These include brushing and flossing every day, having your teeth cleaning every six months, and avoiding tobacco products. A gum contouring procedure also helps, as reshaping the gum line helps remove hiding places for harmful bacteria to accumulate, improving your overall health and limiting gum inflammation.

Laser Dentistry

Instead of using scalpels to perform the procedure, we employ a special soft tissue laser. Which means there will be no need for sutures following the treatment. Since the lasers cauterize the treatment area, this limits the risk of infection and bleeding following treatment. Often, patients don’t even require anesthesia of the procedure. As a result, people tend to enjoy a fast healing period without the complications that often arise due to scalpel and suture use. Lasers also aid in gum disease treatment, offering a method of removing infected tissue safely and comfortably, restoring the health of your smile and safeguarding you against tooth loss and other complications. If you have any questions about the gum contouring procedure, or any of our cosmetic treatment options, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a healthy smile, one that you’ll feel proud to show the world.


At Bailey Dental Care, we help improve the health and beauty of your smile with the gingival contouring procedure. To learn more about our cosmetic treatment options, such as gum and tooth contouring, please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.