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Before and after gum contouring

Gum Contouring

A disproportionate amount of gum tissue can visibly affect the symmetry and balance of your smile, making it look "gummy" or small.

Dr. Art Carpenter offers gum contouring, a simple procedure that can create an even gum line and reveal a bigger smile.

What makes gum contouring a great option for so many patients?

Before and after gum contouring

This Simple Treatment Can Improve the Look of Your Entire Smile

Relatively Fast Procedure

In most cases, Dr. Carpenter can complete gum contouring in a single office visit. Additionally, most patients are fully recovered a few days after the procedure. 

Conservative Approach

This procedure allows Dr. Carpenter to achieve dramatic improvements in your smile with only minor modification to your gum tissue. 

Minimal Discomfort 

Gum contouring typically involves very little discomfort. In addition to local anesthesia, you can also choose oral sedation to help you feel at ease during treatment. 

The Importance  of a Well-Balanced Smile 

Smile survey infographic

*According to a Kelton Global survey conducted for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Because your smile is one of your most memorable, impressionable features, maintaining its symmetry and balance is very important. By improving the balance between your gum tissue and teeth, gum contouring can help you feel more confident in both professional and social interactions

Factors to Consider Before Treatment:

Unhappy with a Gummy Smile

This treatment is recommended if you have a notably gummy smile that causes you to feel self-conscious and interferes with your happiness. 

Good Oral Health 

Before undergoing cosmetic treatment, you should be free of any restorative issues and gum disease

Realistic Expectations

It is important that you understand the capabilities of the procedure and communicate clearly with your doctor about your goals.

Decades in Practice & Dedication to Outstanding Care 

Dr. Carpenter has been treating patients in Kenilworth and surrounding areas for over 20 years. He is dedicated to providing his community with exceptional results. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as well as other prestigious dental organizations. In addition to using detailed techniques he has refined through continued education, Dr. Carpenter schedules his appointments to give adequate time for each treatment. Your satisfaction is his priority.

Illustration of before and after gum contouring

More Reasons to Consider Gum Contouring

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your gums, a gum contouring procedure can enhance your smile. Low, uneven, or asymmetrical gums can make your teeth look small or crooked, even if they are perfectly straight and healthy. A cosmetic gum contouring treatment from Dr. Art Carpenter at our Kenilworth, IL, office, can refine the appearance of your gums to create a beautiful, symmetrical frame for your smile. Gum contouring is a flexible procedure that can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a full smile makeover plan.

before and after gum contouring
Gum contouring can improve the appearance of a gummy smile.

What Is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a simple and straightforward cosmetic procedure that can benefit patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their gum line. During treatment, Dr. Carpenter will gently remove excess gum tissue and carefully sculpt your gum line. Gum contouring can address a variety concerns, such as:

  • Excess gum tissue
  • An uneven gum line
  • A “gummy” smile
  • Teeth that appear short or crooked

In order to qualify for gum contouring, you must have healthy teeth and gums. As with all cosmetic procedures, we recommend that you address any underlying oral health concerns before undergoing an elective treatment.

Planning Your Treatment

During your initial consultation, you can discuss your concerns and goals with Dr. Carpenter. At our office, we focus on finding the most conservative option possible to achieve the results you desire. Dr. Carpenter schedules his appointments so he can focus on each patient individually. He can explain your cosmetic options to you and recommend the procedure most suited for your goals. 

What to Expect during Gum Contouring

Dr. Carpenter can typically complete a cosmetic gum contouring treatment in a single visit. Generally, the procedure is performed under local anesthetic. However, you can discuss other sedation options with Dr. Carpenter if you are particularly nervous about treatment.

On the day of your procedure, we will first apply the local anesthetic to the treatment area. Dr. Carpenter will then slowly remove excess tissue and reshape the gum line. His goal is to remove the least amount of tissue possible to achieve your desired results. 

Caring for Your Gums after Treatment

During the first few days following your gum contouring procedure, your gums will likely feel sore and swollen. We recommend resting the day of your procedure to allow your body to focus on healing. Most patients are able to manage any discomfort using over-the-counter pain medication.

An even, smooth, symmetrical gum line provides a beautiful frame for healthy teeth.

For the first week, you should avoid eating hard or spicy food which can irritate your gums during healing. Cool, soft foods are more gentle on your gums. It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine after a gum contouring procedure. However, until your gum tissue has healed, you should be gentle while brushing or flossing the treated areas. Using a saline rinse is a good way to remove food debris from your gums and keep them healthy while you heal.

Enhance Your Smile

An even, smooth, symmetrical gum line provides a beautiful frame for healthy teeth. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, we offer a range of cosmetic treatment options at our office. Contact our office online or call us at (847) 251-5004 today to find out if gum contouring is the right procedure for you. 

Art Carpenter, DDS, LTD

Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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"We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!"

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