Cosmetic Gum Surgery


When your gums rest too high or too low on your teeth, that “gummy” smile may leave you feeling dissatisfied with your smile. Dentistry by Design offers cosmetic gum surgery in Pacific Palisades for tissue sculpting to correct an uneven gum line and give you a beautiful new smile.

What is gum recession?

A gummy smile is often caused by gum recession, a condition that causes gum tissue to pull back from a tooth and expose its root. Besides making your teeth appear long, gum recession increases the risk of developing periodontal gum disease. Cosmetic gum surgery helps restore health and function, prevent future dental disease and enhance your appearance.

What to expect from your periodontal regeneration procedure

Before you have this cosmetic dentistry procedure, Dr. Whang will review your medical history and take X-rays to plan for your cosmetic gum surgery. You may also need a dental cleaning or dental crowns to prepare for the procedure.

Dr. Whang provides you with general anesthesia to help you remain relaxed and comfortable. He then makes several small cuts that enable him to pull your gums away from your teeth. This resolves the problem of having exposed tooth roots. If gum recession has occurred, adding gum tissue restores gum health by encouraging tissue regrowth.

After cutting and reshaping your gum tissue, Dr. Whang uses sterile salt water to wash the surgical area. The last step is to stitch your gums back together and place a bandage over your stitches. If he had to remove temporary crowns to complete your cosmetic gum surgery, he replaces them after completing this procedure.

Periodontal regeneration procedure in Pacific Palisades

If you’re tired of having a gummy smile, please contact Dentistry by Design to schedule a consultation. You’ll be amazed at the difference in your smile!


Dentistry by Design Palisades
881 Alma Real Drive, Suite 205A
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Phone: 530-457-6821

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