Gum Shaping

Cosmetic gum surgery, which is also known as gingivectomy or crown lengthening, is a simple treatment we may recommend if your appearance is affected by what is sometimes called a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile is one in which the teeth appear abnormally short because of excessive gum tissue.

The gum tissue may appear too bulky, or it might look like the gums come down over your teeth too far. In most cases, a gummy smile is the result of excessive gum tissue covering teeth that are a normal length and shape.

To correct this problem and give you a smile you can show off with pride, our dentists may recommend cosmetic gum surgery. During this treatment, we will simply remove a small amount of the gum tissue, revealing more of the tooth structure and giving your smile a more aesthetic appearance.

Gum Shaping


Gum reshaping or gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that betters the overall look of a person’s teeth. If Dr. Tim, of Dr. Tim’s Dental Clinic of Kenya considers your smile a “gummy” smile, then he may recommend gum reshaping. What is a gummy smile? A gummy smile is when your gums cover too much of your teeth, making your teeth appear oddly short. Most often, the front teeth are the most noticeably affected; therefore, if your smile is a gummy smile, you may limit how often you smile because you are self-conscious about the way your teeth look. If Dr. Tim does recommend gum reshaping to correct your “gummy” smile, fear not, for it is a quick and painless cosmetic dental treatment. Dr. Tim’s Dental Clinic can create a confident smile especially for you by gum reshaping.


During a more primitive dental period, prior gum reshaping required excessive gum tissue to be removed by a scalpel, but today, modern dental technology has advanced to the use of a laser. By using a laser, Dr. Tim’s Dental Clinic offers a less painful way to correct a “gummy” smile. The laser procedure is quick and most times painless, and by using a laser, Dr. Tim’s Dental Clinic is able to seal the cut blood vessels reducing the amount of blood released during the procedure. Sealing the blood vessels also quickens your healing process.

Implants are another dental procedure used to achieve a better smile, but these are typically reserved for cases of serious damage that requires full removal of the affected tooth. Implants completely replace the tooth instead of fitting over an existing tooth.

Dr. Tim’s Dental Clinic recommends gum reshaping to eliminate your “gummy” smile. A dental procedure that can improve your smile and increase your self-confidence, gum reshaping, as with procedures that involve cutting into tissue and bone, affords both benefits and certain risks.


  • Your healing time is quicker and simpler by the use of a laser.
  • Your pain experienced during the procedure is minimal because the blocking anesthetic numbs the area.

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