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Our dentists at Dentistry at 1818 Market Street have several “tricks up their sleeves” to help you make the most out of your smile.

Porcelain veneers are a popular choice for many people, especially in the Philadelphia area. But some people may not want to change anything about their existing natural teeth. If you are one of those people – you like the overall color, texture, shape and positioning of your teeth – you could be a good candidate for gum reshaping.

Gum Reshaping is a lesser talked about dental procedure used to improve the look of one’s natural smile.

Gum reshaping is also known as gum contouring, gum sculpting, gingival sculpting and gingival contouring.

If you have a “gummy” smile, the skilled dentists in our Center City office can remove gum tissue to enhance the look of your smile. Some people’s teeth appear too small or too short; in that case, we can artfully remove gum tissue to reveal more of the natural tooth. This makes the teeth appear longer and bigger which can be more aesthetically-pleasing on some people.

Sometimes we see patients in our Center City, Philadelphia dental office who complain that their teeth are crooked, but it’s not actually their teeth that are out of line, it’s the gum line making them appear that way. Our Philadelphia dentists can remove excess gum tissue that’s making your smile look uneven. If some areas of your gums are more bulky, we can remove tissue to balance the gums, revealing a naturally beautiful smile.

A less common form of gum reshaping is adding tissue to the gums, or gum grafting.

In this procedure we take healthy tissue from a different part of the patients’ mouth and sculpt it onto the existing gums using a graft technique. If you think your teeth are too long or too big, gum reshaping could be what you’re looking for.

People who suffer from gum recession can benefit from gum grafting. Gum recession can happen for a number of different reasons, like excessive brushing or genetics. If you notice that your gums have been receding, your dentist can tell you if you are a good candidate for gum grafting.

Gum reshaping is usually a cosmetic procedure, but if your gum recession is severe, gum grafting may be medically necessary to save your natural teeth.

Gum reshaping can sometimes be used to fight periodontitis and other gum diseases.

We know you’re probably curious about the cost of gum reshaping. Because it is such an individualized procedure, it is hard for us to estimate the cost. We welcome you to come to our office for a free consultation, where we’ll go over a recommended treatment plan for you and the associated costs.

Visit our friendly dental office in Center City, Philadelphia to see if gum reshaping is the right procedure for you. You can read more about our gum reshaping services here:

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