Gum contouring

Gum contouring is a form of cosmetic dentistry used to effectively correct and reshape uneven or excessive gum. The procedure is often used to treat a ‘gummy’ smile or to restore gum tissue that has receded and is exposing too much tooth. It is a relatively painless procedure with a quick healing time and can make a huge improvement to your smile.

Effectively correct and reshape uneven or excessive gum.

Painless procedure with quick healing time

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Is gum contouring right for me?

Often, the key to a healthy, beautiful smile is in treating more than just your teeth. The shape and health of your gum tissue plays a big role in your smile’s appearance. There are two main reasons to opt for gum contouring treatment: having too much gum, or not enough.

People with ‘gummy smiles’ (gum tissue that extends down over the enamel of their teeth) are perfect candidates for gum contouring treatment. We can remove the excess gum tissue so that the word can see your beautiful teeth.

Likewise, if you have receding gum lines from periodontal disease, aggressive brushing or even just genetics, we can redistribute your gum tissue so that the roots of your teeth are protected against bacteria and plaque. This can help to prevent future bone loss and other serious oral health issues.

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How does gum contouring work?

If you have excess gum tissue, one of our highly skilled dentists will use an electrosurgery probe to gently and safely remove the gum without having to use a scalpel. They will only remove gum that extends over the enamel, and will take special care so as not to expose the roots of your teeth. Because of this, the shape and size of your unique teeth will determine the overall look of your end results. The gum contouring procedure is quick and can usually be completed in just one office visit.

If you do not have enough gum tissue, our dentists can graft your own gum tissue from surrounding teeth, or the roof of your mouth. This will help to even out your smile and make sure that all the roots of your teeth are covered. The procedure will not only give your smile a beautiful, uniform look, it will also protect your roots from tooth decay.

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Does gum contouring hurt?

We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area before we begin treatment, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort during the gum contouring procedure. You may experience some minor swelling or soreness afterwards, and for the first week or so after treatment, you may be asked to keep a dressing over the surgical site to help it stay clean while healing. Rest assured that gum tissue heals very quickly! If you need to have grafting done instead of just a laser procedure, your recovery time will be a little longer and your mouth will typically take around 6 weeks to heal completely.

Your dentist may give you special instructions on how to brush your teeth and eat without causing yourself discomfort after treatment. Make sure to follow their advice to ensure that you walk away from your gum contouring treatment with a stunning new smile.

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