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Patients whose gums are too high or too low around the teeth may benefit from gum contouring surgery. Gum contouring, also called tissue sculpting, can even out one’s uneven gum line to give you the confident smile you have always desired.

Gum recession, where the gums recede away from the teeth expose the root of the tooth, making the teeth appear too long. Left untreated, gum recession can cause tooth decay and ultimately, tooth loss. Exposed tooth roots are the result of gingival recession and periodontal (gum) disease, but it can also be caused by trauma and overly aggressive tooth brushing.

While gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of one’s smile, it can also be medically necessary if part of the lengthening of the crown, reduction of gum pockets, and to regenerate the gum tissue. Typically, gum contouring can be done by a general dentist or a periodontist, and is done in the office, using a local anesthetic. At the dental practice of Dr. Douglas Hauck in Newport Beach, California, we are pleased to offer gum (soft-tissue) grafting for our patients.

If you are interested in learning more about gum grafts, soft-tissue grafts, or any of the services we provide to improve your oral health and smile, please call Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. today to schedule your consultation with our dentist.