Gum Contouring

A low or uneven gum line can compromise the symmetry and natural beauty of your smile and make you feel self-conscious.

Dr. Rick Heard performs gum contouring to help you achieve a smile you can feel proud to share.

So what makes gum contouring a great option?

So what happens during a gum contouring treatment?

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Advanced Treatment from a Board-Certified Periodontist

Board-certified in periodontology with over 15 years of experience, Dr. Heard provides beautiful, natural-looking results in the utmost safety. Technology helps us provide world-class care.

We have several different soft tissue lasers. Our advanced technology allows Dr. Heard to perform your gum contouring procedure with greater precision and comfort. This approach also eliminates the need for sutures. We can also provide a preview of your results using our imaging software. This allows you to explain to Dr. Heard exactly how you want your treatment to enhance your smile.


How do I know if gum contouring is right for me?

Gum Contouring Can Address
a Range of Concerns

Many patients do not realize how their gum line affects the appearance of their smile. They just know that something does not look right.

After conducting an assessment of your smile, Dr. Heard can use gum contouring to address a range of issues, including:

Take a closer look at the gum contouring process...

Achieve Enhancement in One Office Visit

A typical gum contouring session at our office takes between 20 minutes and two hours, depending on the number of teeth being treated.

During the procedure, Dr. Heard will:

  1. Confirm your goals and determine the amount of tissue to remove
  2. Numb the treatment area using local anesthetic
  3. Remove small amounts of tissue
  4. Provide detailed instructions to follow as you heal

How long is the recovery?

Most Patients  Require No Downtime

When performed with a laser, gum contouring has a short and easy recovery period. In fact, many patients return to their normal daily lives immediately after treatment. However, for the first two weeks, we recommend:

  • Biting and chewing with your back teeth
  • Eating soft, cool foods
  • Avoiding spicy foods and anything with seeds, such as strawberries
  • Rinsing with salt water

You may experience some discomfort for the first few days. However, all post-operative symptoms should subside within two weeks.

What will my smile look like after treatment?

Okay, but how much will it cost me?

Your Treatment Cost
Will Depend on Your Needs and Goals

Since every smile is unique, the cost of treatment will vary for each patient. The best way to find out how much gum contouring will cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heard. He can discuss your goals and perform a full evaluation to provide a customized cost estimate

Some of the factors that can affect the price of gum contouring include:

Is gum contouring really worth the money?

A Beautiful Smile
Can Make a Big Impact

As always, my experience with Dr. Heard and his staff was wonderful.  The staff are professional, competent , caring and Dr. Heard is an amazing oral surgeon! Pamela S.

Dr. Rick Heard

Dr. Rick Heard

Dr. Heard is board-certified in periodontology and dental implant surgery with over 15 years of experience in the field. He is also a member of multiple prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Academy of Periodontology
  • The American Dental Association
  • The McGuire Institute

Find out more about gum contouring by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Heard or calling (361) 573-1014 today.

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