Gum Contouring in Orange, CA

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about gum contouring

A "gummy" smile occurs when the top part of the tooth is concealed by unnecessary gum tissue. At Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S., gum contouring is performed to improve your smile by eliminating the extra soft tissue and exposing more of your teeth. Not only can gum contouring create a more attractive smile, but it could also improve your dental health by eliminating places where bacteria usually gets trapped. This lowers your risk of developing periodontal disease, cavities, and oral infections. Make a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Patrick Yoshikane at our practice in Orange, CA to learn more about gum contouring.

Best Candidates

Gum contouring may give you a more attractive smile while also helping your overall oral health. You may be a good candidate for gum contouring if you would like to enhance the look of your smile by diminishing a "gummy" look. When your gums are low, gum sculpting can create an even and higher gumline. Gum contouring is also beneficial if you have problems with chronic infections or periodontal disease caused by bacteria trapped in large gum pockets.

What to Expect

Gum contouring is an in-office dental procedure using a mild local anesthetic. Sedation may be an option if you have fears or anxiety about dental treatments. Prior to the actual procedure, your gums and teeth will be professionally cleaned. Dr. Yoshikane can then use a special laser tool to remove gum tissue to reveal a higher gum line. The laser tool cauterizes the tissue to minimize bleeding throughout the procedure. Once your gums are the right shape, Dr. Yoshikane will rinse your mouth so you may enjoy your results. For most patients, the entire procedure will be completed in just one appointment.


Following the reshaping procedure, Dr. Yoshikane will give you aftercare instructions. He may write a prescription for antibiotic medication if symptoms of an infection were seen in the treatment. Your gums might be red and swollen for a few weeks; however, if you follow a good oral health routine of daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use, your gum tissue will quickly return to normal. You should still schedule yearly dental examinations so Dr. Yoshikane can check the health of your gums and the rest of your mouth.


Based on your dental insurance coverage, some of your costs may be paid. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your consult, the team of Dr.Yoshikane can go over payment methods, along with financing, to help make your procedure affordable.

cosmetic Gum Contouring

Cosmetic gum sculpting at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. is a great treatment for multiple reasons — it will improve the appearance of your smile and lower your chances of getting gum disease or oral infection. If you would like to have more confidence in your smile or have better oral health, gum sculpting might be a good choice for you. To learn more about this procedure, contact our office in Orange, CA to book your appointment with Dr. Yoshikane.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.