Gum contouring is a cosmetic treatment to re-shape the gum and improve the appearance of a person's teeth, also known as 'gummy smile' where the portion of teeth and gum tissue is not in proportion to each other, although this can be highly subjective.
Gum contouring is also referred to as gum shaping. The cosmetic dental treatment is used to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth, particularly for those that have what’s called a ‘gummy smile’, where the portion of teeth and gum tissue is not in proportion to each other, although this can be highly subjective.
Gum contouring is a relatively simple procedure that be carried out either with a scalpel or laser. It’s typically done in conjunction with other treatments to achieve the best results and a solution that will last. The treatment is quick to perform and is generally painless.
During the procedure a scalpel or laser is used to cut away the excessive gum that has grown over the teeth. In some cases, a dental practitioner may remove some of the bone too if simply reshaping the gums is not enough. Gum contouring is typically carried out with a scalpel although technological advances in dental practices means it can also be conducted with a laser. Using a laser does have some benefits, including making the treatment quicker to perform and sealing the blood vessels as the treatment is conducted, limiting the amount of blood lost due to the incision that’s made.
In many cases it’s recommended that gum contouring is done in conjunction with veneers. This is to prevent the gum growing back to its original position. Some patients may also choose to have a teeth whitening treatment following gum shaping as the portion of the tooth that has been under the gum is likely to be more yellow in colour.
In the majority of cases the simple procedure of gum shaping is enough to get rid of their ‘gummy smile’. However, this isn’t always the case and in these instances it may be necessary to reduce the bone at the root of the teeth. This procedure prevents the tissue from growing back as gum edges need to be around 3 millimetres from the edge of the bone. It is a more complicated procedure but still should not be uncomfortable for the patient.
After having your gums reshaped they may be sore for a period of time afterwards while they heal. This means that your daily dental routine, such as brushing and flossing, may need to be more gentle that usual to avoid irritation. Practising good oral hygiene is important for several weeks after gum contouring but should be continued to maintain good oral health.
Prices for gum contouring start from £120 but the cost of treatment can vary and will depend on whether a laser of a scalpel is used and how extensive the area that needs treating is.