Sometimes it’s not your teeth that get in the way of a perfect smile, but your gums. Having a “gummy” smile, or one that shows too much of your gums, is a common thing that some people aren’t happy with. Not enough gum tissue can also be a problem. If your gums are interfering with the smile you want, Contemporary Family Dentistry has a couple of different solutions. We can make changes to your smile that you may never have thought possible!


What we call gum recontouring, or gum reshaping, can refer to a few different cosmetic procedures. If you were born with uneven gums, gums that show too much, or a hypermobile lip, there are several ways to achieve the smile you want. Two procedures we may recommend for gum recontouring are gingivectomy or crown lengthening.

Gingivectomy or crown lengthening can be performed to fix gummy smiles. This procedure uses modern dental technology to remove and reshape gum tissue for the look you want. We use a local anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing. We can reduce the amount of gum tissue in your smile and even out gum lines for a more pleasing, symmetric look. Once your gums heal, you can enjoy a smile that’s no longer all gums, but that shows off your beautiful teeth!


Another reason you may see too much of your gums when you smile is a hypermobile lip, literally your lip moves too high up exposing too much gum tissue. If you have a hypermobile lip, you may be a candidate for Botox or other paralytics to decrease the movement of the lip. When the lip is no longer able to move up as high, the improvement in your smile can be dramatic. Botox, and other paralytics, typically last for 3-6 months. For a longer lasting solution, we may refer you for a surgery to sever the muscle that elevates the lip can solve this problem. No matter what’s causing your gummy smile, we have your solution. Reach out today to schedule your first appointment right here in Bend!

If you need dental x-rays, we have the equipment to do them right in our office. We won’t pass you off to other offices or dentists – you can come to us for all of your family dentistry needs. Exams and x-rays can speak volumes about the state of your smile, and help us discuss potential solutions to issues you’re experiencing. We can identify problems like cysts, tumors, decay, and teeth that have yet to come in. Our advanced, digital radiography is the latest technology for our patients. It reduces radiation exposure, gives instant viewing, and is environmentally friendly!

We want you to completely understand your needs, and make an educated, informed decision about treatment with our help. You’ll find the solutions you need at our Bend office!

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