Gum Contouring case studies


Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)

A – Gum Contouring is a dental procedure used to reshape the gums when excess gum tissue (excessive gingival display) covers part of the teeth making the teeth appear smaller, affecting the smile and facial expression. Gum surgery can also be used to treat receding gums when the tissue pulls away from the teeth or if there is less gum tissue exposing the tooth root.

A – Although not a medical risk, the excess gum growth can affect the formation of the smile, making the face appear lop-sided or having a skewed expression. Sometimes this condition is called a “gummy smile”. This can affect how the person feels about themselves, their self-esteem and mental health, and also how others respond. Gum Contouring reshapes the gums to allow a natural looking smile that builds confidence and is appealing to others.

If there is less gum tissue causing receding gums, then the root of the tooth can become exposed causing over-sensitivity and pain in the mouth. Gum surgery can treat this and allows you to feel much more comfortable.

A – Excess gum tissue covering the teeth can result from hereditary or health conditions, and also from certain medications used to treat high blood pressure or hypertension.

A – After our resident dentist provides you with a local anaesthetic to numb the gums, a laser is used to painlessly reshape the gums by trimming away the excess gum tissue and sealing the blood vessels for comfortable and quicker healing. The procedure can take between twenty to thirty minutes. Sometimes patients have excess bone growth that also needs removal treatment before the gums can be reshaped. The bone removal is quite a straight forward procedure and either crowns or veneers can be fitted afterwards to give a brighter look to your teeth when you smile.

In gum surgery, the tissue may be grafted from the palate to build and reshape the gums that are receded. In some cases, veneers are also used to give you natural looking teeth with a beautiful smile that appeals to others.

A – Our resident dentist will give you a local anaesthetic so that you feel no pain during the procedure. You will also be given the option of sedation to allow you to experience deeper relaxation prior, during and for a short while after the treatment. Usually the laser seals the blood vessels to limit bleeding and to promote healthy painless healing. The dentist may suggest painkillers for a few days if some discomfort is felt, but generally healing is quick and patients soon enjoy the beauty of their new look.

A – Our resident dentist will book an appointment for you to examine your gums, treat any prior conditions, and then schedule the reshaping for excess or receding gums. If you have bone growth which can impede the reshaping initially, an X-ray may be needed to determine how much bone should be removed in a simple pain-free procedure.

A – Gum contouring can give you a greater feeling of oral comfort and confidence knowing that you do not have the “gummy smile” appearance, allowing you to attract the best response from others. The procedure is painless because local anaesthetic is administered by our resident dentist. Prior to the contouring, your general oral health is evaluated so that any signs of gum disease can be treated first. If gums are receding, they can be built up so that you do not feel the sensitivity or pain from exposed teeth roots. Not only is your overall dental wellbeing looked after, but you can feel better about yourself and your interactions with others.

A – As long as the teeth bones are also trimmed when needed, so that not too much gum is removed to expose the teeth roots, then the procedure and healing should be straight forward. Other risks may depend on your overall health and wellbeing, so it is vital to share your medical history and about the medications you take with our resident dentist.

A – Your gums may feel sensitive for a few days, so it is best to rinse gently with warm salt water and to be careful when flossing. Do proceed to gently brush your teeth as recommended for optimum oral hygiene.

A – Our resident dentist will discuss the costs of gum contouring or surgery with you at your initial examination when your dental health is considered to see if any treatments are necessary before reshaping the gums. You are welcome to bring along any questions that our dentist will happily answer for you.

A - Excess gum growth is not detrimental to your physical health but may affect your mental health, so it is important to discuss your oral wellbeing and general health with our resident dentist. Gum surgery can be used to treat receding gums before they cause other dental discomforts or deteriorations. Discuss your questions and concerns with our resident dentist, who looks forward to meeting you.