Gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping, is a cosmetic form of dental treatment used to improve the general look of a person's teeth. It is primarily used in cases where the individual has what is commonly known as a 'gummy smile'. This is a condition in which the gums cover too much of the teeth, usually the front teeth, and this can leave the length of the teeth looking too short, which can affect a person's general desire to smile. A 'Gummy smile' is not so much a medical dilemma but is more of an aesthetic problem.
Gum contouring is a procedure that is most commonly done through the use of a scalpel, which is used to trim away any excessive gum overlying the teeth. This is a quick and often painless treatment. Along with the use of crowns and veneers after the treatment is complete, gum contouring is a simple procedure that can easily remedy 'gummy smile'.
This is a treatment that can work a treat to improve your smile and self-confidence.
Soft Tissue Grafting is recommended when you have gum recession that has left the root of a tooth exposed, or you're at risk of root exposure due to recession. Soft Tissue Grafting is a common procedure that is intended to recreate your gum line and prevent further deterioration of the gums, while enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Gum recession can be caused by:
- Aggressive brushing
- Gum disease
- Gum tissue that is naturally thin
- Previous orthodontic treatments
- Previous tooth loss
The gum grafting procedure usually consists of a local anaesthetic, applied to the grafting site. The existing gum tissue is loosened to make room for the tissue graft. The grafting material is then placed under the gum tissue at the grafting site and stabilized with a protective covering. The area is then sutured and allowed to heal for a few weeks or months, depending on your dentist's recommendation.
There are several ways you can help to maintain your gum line and the health of your gums for the future.
- Use a soft toothbrush
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes
- Ask your doctor or dental hygienist to advise you on proper brushing techniques