Gum Contouring

Great Gums
Enhance Smiles

Healthy, great looking gums enhance your smile.

Your most attractive smile is the result of multiple parts coming together. Gum contour frames your teeth for an attractive smile. Healthy gums fit like a blanket around the base of each tooth. Gums provide a scalloped contour, dipping naturally to expose the fullness of each tooth. Texture, thickness, height, and color all influence the appearance of your gums.

What is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring includes several types of cosmetic dental procedures. Gum contouring procedures are used for both cosmetic and health reasons.


A gingivectomy is a cosmetic dental procedure. It is used to refine a gummy smile or correct asymmetry. With a gingivectomy, Dr. Sarah Frahm removes and reshapes your gum tissue with a laser. The cosmetic dental procedure usually takes less than an hour. Discomfort and downtime are minimal. Within a couple of days, the results are obvious.

Gum Curettage

Curettage is a dental hygiene cleaning that aims to reverse gum disease. Once periodontal disease is controlled, gum tissue often regenerates.

As a follow up to curettage, our Clinical Hygiene Director, Stacey, may recommend an antibiotic treatment after care. She may also advise you about which products to use for home care.

* If you have advanced gum disease, Dr. Frahm may recommend that you see a periodontist. A periodontist is a gum specialist. Periodontists can perform treatments to restore gum health and tissue. These treatments may include LANAP gum restoration and gum grafting.

Gum Contouring Procedure

There are a few reasons to consider gum contouring. When it comes to the health and aesthetic of gums, there are three categories:

  • Gummy smiles. Gummy smiles are when you have too much gum tissue. Too much gum tissue covers teeth. This makes your teeth look short. And, it can make oral care difficult. With a gummy smile, gum contouring reduces gum tissue to expose more of your teeth.
  • Gum recession. Often those of us with periodontal disease experience gum recession. Overtime, gums tissue diminishes and exposes the roots of your teeth. This increases your risk for tooth loss. Restoring gum tissue health with periodontal care can help.
  • Asymmetrical gumline. It’s perfectly natural to have some asymmetry to your gums. To create a more even appearance, Dr. Frahm uses laser gum treatment.

Dr. Frahm Can Help Your Smile

Just as art benefits from its frame, gums can gently be contoured to complement your smile. Fortunately, laser technology often makes this cosmetic procedure quick, painless, and dramatic. The results can be observed immediately and within a few days, your gums look perfectly natural. In some cases, more extensive contouring may be discussed. Dr. Frahm evaluates numerous factors before deciding which approach will give you the finest smile.

Contact Us

Let our team of dental care experts help you find your most vibrant smile. Please call 831-372-8011 today. You can also contact our care concierge to schedule your dentistry consultation with Dr. Sarah Frahm. We serve patients throughout the communities of Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach

Give Us a Call

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm

Location: 660 Camino Aguajito #201
Monterey, California 93940

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