Gum Contouring in Atlanta, GA

Professional gum reductions to improve your smile and confidence

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Reveal More Of Your Radiant Smile at Flax Dental

Imagine the perfect smile — bright, symmetrical, and framed by beautifully even gums. This is the promise of gum contouring, a transformative cosmetic dentistry procedure at Flax Dental that can enhance your smile’s aesthetics. Our Atlanta dentist, Dr. Hugh Flax, is a leader in the cosmetic dentistry industry, providing top-tier experience and knowledge to his patients. You can trust Dr. Flax and his team to create a smile that exudes health and confidence using gum contouring!

Call (404) 255-9080 today to schedule your gum contouring consultation with the best cosmetic dentist in Atlanta.

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Before and after transformations

What Is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring, or gingivectomy, is a procedure to reshape and sculpt the gumline. An experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Flax uses specialized tools to carefully remove small amounts of excess gum tissue. This removal can balance out a gummy smile or uneven gumlines.

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Benefits of Gum Contouring

Gum contouring offers many benefits for your smile:

  • Subtly reshapes the gumline
  • Reduces the appearance of a “gummy” smile
  • Eliminates uneven contours for symmetry
  • Reveals more of the natural tooth structure
  • Enhances and balances your smile
  • Shortens teeth that appear too long
  • Minimally invasive and non-surgical
  • Little to no discomfort
  • Fast recovery time
  • More conservative and affordable than porcelain veneers or dental crowns

With only moderate changes to your gumline, gum contouring can make a world of difference in your smile. This transformative treatment is easier and more subtle than major restorations.

Am I a Candidate for Gum Contouring?

Good candidates for gum contouring have minor to moderate gumline flaws that can be corrected with reshaping. Ideal candidates will have one or more of the following traits:

  • Gummy smile showing excessive gum tissue
  • Uneven gumlines
  • Misshapen or uneven gum contours
  • Tooth appearance distorted by irregular gumline
  • Healthy gums and teeth
  • Realistic cosmetic goals for subtle improvements

At your consultation, Dr. Flax will assess if you’re suited for gum contouring based on an oral exam, tooth proportions, gum health, and your desired results. Modern techniques allow for remarkable precision in reshaping.

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The Gum Contouring Process at Flax Dental

Initial Consultation

The gum contouring process at Flax Dental is straightforward. It begins with an in-depth cosmetic consultation at our Atlanta cosmetic dentist’s office to understand your smile goals. Dr. Flax then performs a comprehensive oral exam, which may include digital scans. The amount of gum needing reshaping is determined, and computer imaging can preview the potential outcome.

Performing The Procedure

When you return for your contouring appointment at our Atlanta dental office, Dr. Flax will administer a local anesthetic or The Wand for your comfort. Then, he’ll meticulously remove and sculpt gum tissue using specialized tools. After the reshaping, Dr. Flax may apply a laser to smooth the tissues. The entire appointment usually takes about an hour.

Finishing Touches

You’ll leave with beautiful results the same day! Dr. Flax will provide post-op instructions for rapid healing. While some temporary soreness is normal, gum contouring recovery is quick. In as little as a week, you’ll see your noticeably improved new smile.

Caring For Your Newly Contoured Smile

After undergoing gum contouring at Flax Dental, it’s crucial to follow proper aftercare to promote healing and ensure the best possible results. Here are some essential steps to take:

  • Follow Post-Op Instructions: Our Atlanta dentist will provide specific guidelines on how to care for your gums after the contouring procedure. These instructions may include recommendations for oral hygiene, diet, and any prescribed medications.
  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly, but do so gently around the treated area. Avoid brushing too vigorously, as this can irritate the gums. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-alcoholic, antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Limit Physical Activity: For the first few days following gum contouring, avoid strenuous physical activities that could increase blood flow to the gum area. This can help minimize swelling and promote faster healing.
  • Apply Cold Compresses: If you experience swelling or discomfort, applying a cold compress to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes at a time can help reduce inflammation.
  • Avoid Irritants: Steer clear of irritants that could hinder the healing process. This includes spicy foods, tobacco products, and alcohol-based mouthwashes. Opt for a mild, non-alcoholic mouthwash instead.
  • Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Schedule and attend any recommended follow-up appointments with our dentist. These visits are essential for monitoring your progress and addressing any concerns.
  • Manage Discomfort: If you experience mild discomfort or pain, use over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by our dentist. However, avoid aspirin, as it can thin the blood and potentially lead to increased bleeding.
  • Monitor for Signs of Complications: Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or unusual discharge from the treated area. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact us promptly.

The Perks of Being a Patient

As a patient of Flax Dental, you’ll enjoy a spa-like dental experience like no other. We’re focused on helping our patients feel comfortable and cared for from start to finish.

Get ready for a bit of pampering during your time with us.

  • ZNoise-canceling headphones
  • ZWarm, relaxing neck pillow
  • ZSoothing essential oils
  • ZComforting lip balm placed prior to care
  • ZCalming, ambient background music
  • ZSoft, fresh blankets
  • ZComplimentary café bar

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“I’ve been going here for over a year and am so happy. The staff is always so nice, helpful, and I love their energy. I’m confident with my smile now!”

— Valeria A.

“The difference between my old smile and my new smile is nothing short of astounding.”

— Dori P.

Why patients choose Flax Dental

No patient or smile is exactly the same. At Flax Dental, we take a personalized approach to dental care and treatment. We take the time to truly get to know your concerns and goals so we can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful, and pain-free smile that lasts a lifetime!


Dr. Flax answers your questions about gummy smiles and gum contouring

Are there any risks associated with gum contouring?

Like any medical procedure, gum contouring carries some risks, including infection or excessive bleeding. However, these complications are rare, especially when the procedure is performed by a skilled professional.

How long do the results of gum contouring last?

With proper oral care and hygiene, the results of gum contouring can last a lifetime, making it a valuable investment in your smile.

Will insurance cover gum contouring?

Gum contouring is often considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore may not be covered by dental insurance. It’s essential to discuss payment options with your dentist and insurance provider before agreeing to treatment.

When can I see the final gum contouring results?

Noticeable improvements in your gumline happen right away. However, minor swelling can obscure the final shape for a couple weeks. Be patient as your gums fully heal to see your subtly enhanced new smile.

Our Office

Flax Dental is located inside the Perimeter and is a short walk from the MARTA Medical Center station. We offer free parking and convenient office hours.


5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd.
Suite 430
Sandy Springs, GA 30342

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Mon – Tues: 7:30 – 4 p.m.
Wed: 8:30 – 4 p.m.
Thurs: 7:30 - 4 p.m.
Fri: Closed

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