We are pleased to offer gum re-shaping cosmetic dental procedures to help smooth an uneven gum line and give you a smile you can be proud of.
Your gums can be too high or too low for a number of different reasons.
If your gums are too low and cover a large portion of your teeth it can make them look small. This could be the results of genetics, a particular health problem, or taking certain prescription medicines.
If your gums are too high it can often be caused by gingival recession, a condition in which gum tissue pulls back from a tooth and exposes the tooth’s root. It can lead to serious dental problems such as decay and tooth loss. Gum recession may also be a sign of periodontal disease, the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth (gums and bones).
First, you will receive a mild local anaesthetic to numb your gums in the area where the procedure is to commence and latest soft tissue laser technology – EPIC X – is used to remove the excess gum tissue covering the front teeth.
As well as cutting away at the gum, the dental practitioner will also work to reshape the gum that is to remain in place. If your gums are too low, your dentist will perform a crown lengthening technique where a laser is used to recontour and then seal the tissue to create the ideal shape and prevent ongoing bleeding.
The dentist can also use the laser to eradicate hollows that trap bacteria to prevent future infections. However, some people undergo gum contouring surgery as part of other necessary periodontal procedures, such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and regenerative procedures.
Gum contouring procedures are not considered cosmetic and include adding gum tissue when recession has occurred and trimming overgrown tissue that has covered part of the tooth crown.
Once treatment is complete you may be prescribed with veneers or crowns to help improve the look of your smile.
After the procedure, it is important to practice good dental hygiene until your gums have fully healed. We encourage patients to be gentler than usual with daily brushing and flossing to avoid irritating the sensitive tissue.