Are Your Gums the Problem?

Before we start a recontouring procedure, Dr. Grimshaw performs a thorough examination of your teeth. Your gummy smile might be due to overgrown gums. But sometimes the problem is that your teeth are too small. If that’s the case, we might recommend veneers or other restorations to lengthen your teeth instead.

Other times, the issue is that your lips rise too high when you smile, revealing too much of your gums. If that’s the case, we will refer you to someone who can adjust how high your lips rise when smiling.

Results Are Permanent

Once gum tissue is removed, it does not grow back. The recontoured gums should maintain their new shape indefinitely. Kuhn Dental encourages patients to practice proper oral hygiene habits to keep the gums healthy and clean.

Tongue Tie Release

What is tongue tie?

Tongue tie is the improper development of the anchoring of the tongue to the mouth, which results in limited tongue movement. The frenulum, which is what attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too short, too thin, or too tight to allow for proper tongue use.

A tongue-tie can affect both babies as well as adults of all ages. Releasing a tongue-tie is now an integral part of achieving optimal oral and dental health.

A tongue-tie is treated surgically with a procedure called a frenectomy. It’s simple, fast, and painless. We use a laser, which releases the frenulum attachment, and should only take a few minutes. The results are permanent and can also be life changing!


Inside your mouth, there is a piece of tissue that connects the gum to the lip and is called the labial frenum. If it is abnormally wide or long, it may connect through to the gum tissue between the teeth and extend to the front portion of the roof of the mouth. When the upper frenum is too wide or long, it can create a space between the two front teeth, and that may require a surgical procedure.

Here at Kuhn Dental, we use a laser made specifically to cut soft tissue to reduce the size of the frenum. This restores normal function of the lips and tongue and there are very few after-effects from this simple procedure.

To make an appointment, call (910) 692-4450 or click here to request an appointment online.

Minimize Sensitivity and Achieve a Beautiful Smile with Chao Pinhole Gum Recontouring

Chao Pinhole Gum Recontouring logoDo you experience tooth sensitivity, or can you tell that your gums are receding when you smile, talk, and laugh? Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive treatment that adjusts your existing gum tissue. This technique doesn’t use sutures, gum grafts, or incisions like a traditional gum graft. Your Aberdeen cosmetic dentist will use a needle to make a small hole in your gum line. From there, she’ll lift the gum and move it to cover the exposed part of the tooth.

With the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, you’ll experience less discomfort, quicker recovery, and natural, long-lasting results. After treatment, you’ll have a beautiful smile without pain.

To be a candidate for the Pinhole technique, you must have:

  • Receding gums
  • No gum disease
  • No tooth decay
  • No loose restorations
  • Adequate gums
  • No diabetes

Always make an appointment at Kuhn Dental Associates in Aberdeen to know for sure if you are a candidate for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Call (910) 692-4450 or make an appointment online with our Aberdeen cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mandy Grimshaw.