Gum Contouring is cosmetic procedure that is used to change the shape of your gums. A Longview dentist can use this procedure to cut away excessive gum tissue that is giving you a “gummy” smile or to restore gum tissue that has receded and is now exposing too much of your teeth. We use gum contouring to remove excess gum to improve the look of uneven gum lines or gummy smiles. With this type of treatment it really does depend on how much excess gum is showing as to which treatment would be most suitable for you. If you are looking to just take away a millimetre or so of gum then the gum reshaping treatment is quick and easy and takes a matter of hours to heal. Any more than approximately two millimetres of gum would require a different treatment altogether - a surgical gum lift, and the healing time is much longer - usually three to four months. Gum sculpting is usually done in conjunction with veneers, as the gum is likely to just grow back down without them. What can sometimes happen is that when the gum is taken away the tooth underneath is also likely to be a bit more yellow in colour than the rest of your teeth too, so you need to be aware of that.