Gum Contouring in Midtown West NYC



Carnegie Dental Wellness provides gum contouring in Midtown Manhattan. Call 212-582-6617 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental surgery that reshapes the gumline to improve your smile. The procedure involves trimming excess periodontal tissue to create a more balanced look if you’re self-conscious about a “gummy” smile, or adding gum grafts to exposed roots for patients with gum recession.

Also called gingival sculpting or gingivoplasty, gum contouring is a straightforward treatment that can be done in our Manhattan office with only local anesthetic. After the area has been numbed, excess gum tissue and the bone beneath it are removed, and the gumline is sculpted for a more aesthetic appearance. Stitches may be used to keep the gums in place after the procedure, if necessary. If you have receding gums, a small piece of soft tissue called a graft is removed from another part of your mouth and surgically attached to cover the exposed root.

While gum contouring is usually done for cosmetic reasons, it may be medically necessary to repair the damage caused by periodontal disease. Gum recession exposes the tooth roots, causing painful sensitivity and making them susceptible to decay. Gum grafts provide protection for your teeth and improve your oral health.


Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Contouring


Is gum contouring painful?


The periodontal tissue where we are working will be numbed with local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during gum contouring. As the anesthetic wears off, you will notice tenderness and swelling at the surgery site, which is normal. Over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses can relieve this discomfort.


How much does it cost for gum contouring?


The cost of gum contouring is largely determined by the amount of periodontal tissue trimmed away or grafted on, as well as the number of teeth involved. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Bacopoulou can give you an estimate based on your oral health needs and treatment goals.


Is gum contouring bad for you?


Gum contouring isn’t harmful in any way. Gum grafts reverse the damage caused by gum disease, protecting the roots of your teeth. Only excess tissue is removed when gum contouring is done to improve a gummy smile, which doesn’t compromise your oral health either.


Is gum reshaping permanent?


Gum reshaping is permanent in most cases. Excess periodontal tissue that is removed will not grow back, and gum grafts are usually permanent if you follow the aftercare instructions provided to you and practice good oral hygiene habits to prevent gum disease, which can infect the grafts and cause them to fail.


Is gum contouring covered by insurance?


Medically necessary gum contouring, such as grafting to repair gingival recession caused by periodontal disease, may be covered by your dental insurance plan. Verify your benefits with your insurance company if you’re not sure about your coverage.

Call 212-582-6617 to learn more and schedule your appointment.