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Gum Contouring

Gum Contouring in London, UK

If you feel your gums sit too high on your teeth, detracting from your smile’s aesthetic appeal, gum contouring surgery could be an ideal solution for you. Also known as gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this procedure is widely performed at Thousand Smiles to tackle uneven gum lines and enhance the harmony of your smile.

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to reshape and rebalance the gum-totooth ratio, offering you a more balanced and pleasing smile. Our expert dental professionals at Thousand Smiles will carefully adjust your gum line to ensure the gums don’t overshadow your teeth, revealing more of your natural tooth surface and creating an attractive, harmonious smile.

Embrace the opportunity to transform your smile and enhance your confidence with gum contouring surgery at Thousand Smiles. Let us help you achieve the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Exploring the Causes of Uneven Gums

Uneven gums can be caused by a variety of factors. For some, the issue is largely genetic – it’s simply the way your gums have grown. However, certain health conditions and prescription medications can also contribute to gums covering a larger part of your teeth, leading to an appearance of smaller teeth.

On the other hand, if your gums appear too low, making your teeth look elongated, the cause is likely to be gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. This condition causes the gums to recede and pull back from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth root. Apart from altering your appearance, gum recession can lead to other serious dental health issues, including tooth decay and tooth loss.

Both high and low gums can impact your oral health and aesthetics. If you’re dealing with any such issues, it’s essential to consult with a dental health professional to understand your options for treatment and prevention. At Thousand Smiles, our experienced dental team is well-equipped to guide you through the process and help maintain your oral health. Contact us today at 020 8050 0280 to book an appointment.

Is gum contouring surgery necessary?

Gum contouring surgery alone is a cosmetic dental procedure, which isn’t medically necessary in most cases. Most people can reshape their gum to improve their smile appearance, but others need gum contouring as part of their periodontal procedures like pocket reduction, crown lengthening and regenerative procedures.

Gum contouring procedures that aren’t cosmetic include adding gum tissue following gum recession and trimming overgrown tissue that covers part of the crown.

Who performs gum contouring?

Many general dentists perform gum contouring, but we also have periodontists (gum specialists) who perform gum contouring procedures. Before the procedure, you can ask our dentist about their experience and knowledge of gum contouring.

How much does gum contouring cost?

The price of gum contouring depends on different factors, including the extent of the work carried out. You can talk to your dentist about the cost of your gum contouring based on your individual needs. Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure, so you will likely pay out-of-pocket.

Highly experienced dentists offering advanced dental treatments at Thousand Smiles.

What to expect during gum contouring

You can have gum contouring surgery in our dentist’s office. The dentist will use lasers, scalpels, radiosurgery to perform the gum contouring surgery. You can ask the dentist which procedure is more suitable for you.

Before your surgery, the dentist will review what the procedure will involve. Our dentist usually uses a pen to draw a line marking the new gum line to know how much gum requires removal or the extent of reshaping needed.

You will get a local anaesthetic to numb the area. The dentist may remove the bone at the front of the tooth root during the contouring for the best long-term result.

Recovery from gum contouring

After your surgery, ensure you rest and reduce your activities. Your gum may take a couple of days and weeks to heal. The dentist will give you specific instructions on what you should do during your recovery.

The general tips for recovery include:

  • Take over-the-counter pain medication like Advil or Tylenol as directed by the dentist to relieve your pain, but don’t take aspirin as it causes bleeding.
  • Eat soft and cool foods like pasta, cottage cheese, yoghurt, eggs, ice cream and soft vegetables for the first couple days after your surgery. Do not eat spicy food or any food with seeds until your gums completely heal
  • Follow the dentist’s instructions on when and how to brush your teeth throughout the healing process

If you are bleeding or notice swelling or have any concerns after the procedure, ensure you contact our dentist.

Gum contouring risks

All surgical procedure has certain risks, and the risks of gum contouring surgery are:

If your gum causes concern and affects your smile, speak with our dentist to know if gum contouring is the right procedure. The outcome of gum contouring surgery depends on the dentist’s expertise because it is a cosmetic procedure that requires exceptional skills.

Visiting Thousand Smiles will ensure you get your desired result from gum contouring. Call us today on 020 8050 0280 or email [email protected] to book an appointment with our dentist.