Gum Contouring
& Gummy Smile

Sioux Falls, SD


Gum Contouring
& Gummy Smile

Sioux Falls, SD

Gum Contouring / Gummy Smile

Gum contouring is a dental procedure that reshapes or resculpts your gumline. The process of gum contouring involves cutting away or removing excess gum tissue around your teeth. In many cases, gum contouring is an elective procedure. This means that it is not medically necessary. Instead, it is done electively to improve the look of the gums, teeth, and your smile.


When you smile, do you notice that it appears that your upper teeth are out of balance with excessive gum tissue. Do you your upper teeth seem too short relative to the amount of gingival tissue displayed when you smile? If the proportions are indeed off, you may have a condition that is called a gummy smile, or excessive gingival display.


A gummy smile may have a negative effect on the perception of your smile. But a gummy smile can be easily corrected through several treatment options, one being gum contouring.


Compassionate, efficient, and effective is how to describe the entire team at Karmazin Dental. The skills of each team member are unparalleled in the area. We live and breathe a collaborative approach in developing your personal oral health plan. You will not find a more technologically advanced practice that offers a more relaxing and comfortable setting. Your smile is our priority because we all strongly believe that your smile is a foundational gateway to your personality. It can drive your level of self-esteem and self-confidence. Call, text, or email us for an appointment for an evaluation on the benefits of gum contouring for a gummy smile for you. Our number is 605-323-1320 and you can find the entire team at Karmazin Dental, 5701 S. Remington Pl, Sioux Fall, SD 57108, where we have plenty of free parking.


An attractive smile includes not just straight, white teeth, but also the proper ratio between the teeth and the visible gums. A gummy smile reveals more gum than is considered desirable. If your gummy smile bothers you, gum contouring can create a more aesthetically pleasing balance between your teeth and gums allowing you to enjoy your invaluable asset, your smile.


What we know, is that our patients FEEL our passion.  They feel that we are their biggest cheerleaders.  They feel that we want the best for them.   They do NOT feel judged.  We want to give every patient the opportunity to say YES to the best dental care.


Some Causes of a Gummy Smile

A gummy smile does not necessarily mean there is anything functionally wrong with your teeth or gums. The ratio between the gums and the teeth is a visual issue, and it is a problem only if you feel self-conscious about it. However, it may be the result of your teeth not emerging properly from the gums, a condition called delayed passive eruption. It might also happen if your upper lip pulls back farther than normal when you smile.


Your smile can also appear gummy if your teeth are proportionally small or have become severely worn down. Karmazin Dental can correct your gummy smile with gum contouring that will modify your gum-line. Here are a few examples of some causes:


  • The way in which your upper jawbone developed could cause the appearance of a gummy smile. If there is an excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw within the gum tissue, you would experience an obvious gummy appearance when you smile.
  • An excessive display of gum tissue with your upper arch may be the result from the abnormal eruption of your teeth. Teeth that are covered by excessive gum tissue look shorter, even though they are the proper length.
  • The muscle that controls the movement of your upper lip is hyperactive, which will cause your upper lip to lift higher than normal. With this higher lip movement more of your gum tissue is exposed when you smile.

Is It Just an Aesthetic Problem?

The aesthetic zone, or smile line, which are the teeth that are showing when you smile, is determined by several contributing factors:


  • The shape and size of your lips.
  • Your facial muscles.
  • The shape and size of your teeth.
  • Your gum tissues.


The ideal smile line appearance should reveal a small amount of gum tissue. Your gum tissue visible with your smile line should also have a balanced, even contour line that is in harmony with your upper lip.


More serious underlying dental conditions could still be present. If you have a gummy smile because of how the teeth erupted and how your jaw developed, you might also have an uncomfortable or improper bite that could impact your long-term oral health.


karmazin is

It's a Team Thing. Here at Karmazin Dental, we invest heavily in recruitment of  “A+” team members.  Everyone on Team Karmazin has unparallel talent and an ongoing commitment to continuing education.  No matter who you see at your appointment, you can be assured that you will be met with a wealth of experience and knowledge not to mention, unequaled customer service.


karmazin is

Not Insurance Driven. The restrictions and limitations that dental insurance puts on its members and Dentists is continuously changing and it is not always for the betterment of the patient.   Our focus at Karmazin Dental is to provide patients with the best course of treatment for them, period.  For patients without dental insurance, we offer and in house membership plan, which gives the power BACK to our patients.  By removing the restrictions of what insurance says they will or will not cover, patients get to spend their money the way they want.


Our philosophy is

Growth: Always in ALL – Ways

Gratitude: Our patients provide EVERYTHING

Relentless: Clinical Excellence & continuing OUR education

Never Settle: Provide excellence but have the humility to know we will never get there. There is always something more to do, learn and improve upon.

20/20: Complete transparency with our patients and our team.

Integrity to the Core: Do what we say and say what we think.

The Gum Contouring Procedure

If you think you might have a gummy smile, visit Karmazin Dental for an evaluation and your treatment options. Studies have proven that smiles are attractive when two millimeters or less of gum tissue exposed. With three millimeters or more, the smile is considered to be gummy. Our team will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums to measure and determine the extent of the excessive gingival display and the possible causes. This exam might include conventional or digital impressions of your teeth and gums. We may also need to take X-rays so that your tooth roots and jawbone can be carefully examined as well.


Gum contouring surgery is performed in our office. Our team may use a surgical scalpel, a laser, and radiosurgery to perform your gum contouring procedure based on your case.


Before surgery, we will go over what we will be doing during the procedure. Sometimes we use a pen and draw a line to mark your new gum line. This way, you can see exactly how much gum will be removed or how the gum line will be reshaped with the gum contouring treatment.


To begin, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area. Sometimes, the bone at the front of the tooth's root must also be removed during gum contouring to get the best long-term results. During the procedure, we will usually use a soft tissue laser or scalpel to remove excess gum tissue and recontour the gumline to expose more of the teeth. Sutures may be used to hold the gum tissue in place. The length of the procedure will vary depending on the extent of the contouring and the amount of gum contouring that is needed. Usually, gum contouring takes about 1 to 2 hours.


The American Academy of Periodontology states that the benefits of a gum contouring treatment include increased comfort, improved self-esteem and self-confidence when smiling, eating, and speaking, as well as improved periodontal health.



Karmazin Dental LOVES continuing education.  This means we invest a SIGNIFICANT amount of time and money to learning from the BEST in the country.  This ignites our passion and allows us to bring advanced knowledge back to our patients.  WE invest heavily in technology.  This technology aids us in proper diagnosis and helps us to make the best decisions on our patients’ behalf.

We Love Creating Beautiful Smiles

The entire team at Karmazin Dental share the exceptional passion radiating from Drs. Molly and Corey Karmazin. Each member of the team works diligently to provide modern dental technology, loving care, and time conscious service. You will find five unique qualities that each team member shares. We believe in and practice team ethics and we collectively make every day and every appointment fun. The unbridled desire for continuing education brings to you a higher level of expertise and skills. You will leave with a smile after experiencing our patience and positive attitudes. We share the simple goal of making your smile the invaluable asset it should be. Please call, text, or email to make your appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of gum contouring for a gummy smile treatment for you.


Our number is 605-323-1320 and we have plenty of convenient parking at our office, 5701 S. Remington Pl, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. At Karmazin Dental we want to achieve perfection with every procedure, but we will accept excellence.