Some patients are unhappy that when they smile, more of their gums than their teeth are on show. This condition is often described as a "gummy smile" or as having teeth that are short. In most cases teeth are not in fact short, but are covered by excess gum tissue and bone. Gum contouring removes this excess tissue, revealing more of the natural teeth beneath.
At Meadowbank Dental Practice our dentist Dr Cristina Jimenez Mariscal has a specialist interest in periodontology, including gum contouring.If you’re concerned you have a gummy smile, the first thing our dental team will do is to establish the cause. There are many causes, including:
- Excess gum tissue
- Worn teeth
- Having a high lip line
- Certain genetic conditions
Gum contouring can also be used for patients who have uneven or low gum lines.
If gum contouring is a suitable treatment in your case, it’s a simple procedure that is carried out under local anaesthetic. Once you are fully numb, any excess soft and hard tissue is removed, making cuts in the gums to pull them away from the roots of the teeth and uncovering more of the natural tooth. You may require some stitches in your mouth, and any discomfort after surgery can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. You may also benefit from using medicated mouthwash.Back to Treatments