A cosmetic surgical procedure to change and enhance the appearance of the teeth and gums by cutting away or restoring gum tissue.
The gums of your teeth form an essential part of your overall smile and sometimes the gums can sit too high or too low, creating an imbalance around your mouth while also posing potential dangers around your dental health. Gum reshaping, or sculpting of the gums, is a cosmetic dental procedure to correct gums and restore them to give you healthy and normal looking teeth.
Not only will these gum defects have a negative impact on your appearance, they also come with range of risks around dental health. Gums that sit too high can expose the base, or roots of the teeth, making them overly sensitive and vulnerable to tooth decay. It is also an early sign that can be cases of periodontal disease, something that can eventually lead to tooth loss if not managed well. A ‘gummy smile’ on the other hand is when the teeth are being covered by too much gum tissue and this is generally caused by genetics, a health problem or the use of prescription drugs.
Both these conditions can luckily be treated and with the help of our experienced Dental Surgeons. Consult their expertise and they will reshape and tweak your gums to give you a smile that will make you happy.
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This is generally a cosmetic and personal decision and if you feel your gums are too exposed, drawn back or uneven, you are most probably the right candidate. Some other factors are also considered like your overall health and medical history, so it’s better to contact us to set-up and appointment and get an answer suited to your body and needs.
Patients are generally anaesthetized during the procedure and will therefore feel no pain. The extend of the procedure is usually relative to the amount of gum being cut away, grafted or shaped. The tools used by the Surgeon can also influence the amount of pain your experience after surgery.
This depends heavily on the equipment used for your procedure. The usage of lasers generally speeds up the process in comparison to scalpel procedures.
Many Dentists who perform this type of surgery will use the terminology interchangeably. They are essentially the same thing with the same objective; to restore and correct the gums.
There are some medical reasons where people would require gum reshaping. We urge you to book a consultation with our Dentists should you suspect that you have gum disease. During consultation they’ll asses the problem and discuss the treatment options with you. They will also ensure that the procedure planned matches your requirements and expectations.