Surgically contouring the gum tissue allows for a more esthetically balanced appearance. This is called a simple cosmetic gum lift. I perform this procedure utilizing a laser and only a topical anesthetic (no needles). The tissue heals very quickly with very little discomfort.
Of course, there are times when contouring the tissue alone is not enough. In those circumstances the bone at the front of the root may have to be reduced.
This is done because the gingival margins need to be about 3 millimeters from the edge of the bone. If you don't reduce the bone the tissue will grow back. This procedure, while more invasive than a simple gum lift, is still relatively comfortable when done properly.
The cosmetic gum lift is a remarkably simple cosmetic procedure that can make a tremendous difference to one's smile