Gum contouring - for the "gummy smile"
Patients are often concerned that too much gum is showing when they smile or that their teeth look too short. This problem, commonly referred to as a “gummy smile”, can be easily remedied by gum reshaping or contouring.
Excess gum tissue is marked out by the dentist and then trimmed away using a special tool, which also cauterises (seals) blood vessels, and so minimises bleeding.
After the procedure, the gum is left to heal. Results are immediate. In some cases where a large amount of gum tissue is removed, the healing process may take longer and it may be necessary to trim bone on the front of the tooth root to prevent regrowth of the gum tissue. The results are usually permanent and relatively inexpensive.