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Cosmetic gum surgery

Too gummy? Not gummy enough? You can correct your gums with surgery.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

While many gums that are healthy appear pink and proportionate, some gums are too thick and some too thin. Narrow or receding gums are caused by gum disease and aging, making teeth look long. Too-wide gums can be caused by teeth grinding or a long jawbone, and create excessive gingival display—also known as a gummy smile.

What It's Good For

Gum surgery is used to repair gummy teeth or teeth with receding gums. It can also be used to correct damage from advanced gum disease (periodontitis).

Who it works for: The best candidate for this procedure has either receding or too much gums. Gum recession can be on one tooth, or it can occur in the entire mouth.

Recommended age range: Receding gums in particular will worsen with age, so the surgery can be done on people of any age.

When will I see results?: Results are immediate though total healing may take weeks to months.

How long it lasts: Results are long-lasting, though continued poor dental hygiene may cause gums to recede again.

Key benefits of cosmetic gum surgery: Gum surgery can not only greatly improve the appearance of teeth, but improve both periodontal and overall health. Receding gums in particular have been linked with a higher incidence of heart disease.

Licensed uses: Gum surgery is used to correct excessive or receding gums.

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