Correcting a gummy smile

A less well known but still important smile enhancement

A gummy smile occurs when the front teeth are partially hidden by excess gum growing over them, leaving less of the teeth visible than is usually the case.

Because this problem partially hides the teeth, it results in an unappealing smile, often causing the sufferer social embarrassment. However, this problem can be rectified by our cosmetic dentists in Harley Street in Central London by a procedure known as gum contouring. This enables the shape of the gums to be corrected so as to give a regular appearance.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

Whilst most dental problems can be avoided by prior care, a gummy smile is often genetically inherited and therefore there is little that can currently be done to prevent it from occurring. Another possible cause can be as a side effect of medication for certain illnesses and can especially be a side effect of some blood pressure medication.

Gum Contouring Procedure

To correct a gummy smile, first of all, the gums will be numbed using a local anaesthetic to avoid any discomfort being felt. The excess gum will then be removed using either a scalpel or laser based equipment. As the excess gum is removed, the dentist will contour or shape the gums to give them a regular appearance.

In some circumstances it may be necessary for the dentist to remove some of the bone in which the teeth are rooted. Even if this is necessary, it is a tried and tested procedure and should not cause the patient any concern.

As would be expected from a procedure such as this, there will be a certain amount of bleeding and soreness of the gums for a short time afterwards and any discomfort can be counteracted with over the counter pain medication.

The Benefits of Gum Contouring

As well as the obvious visual benefits of having regular shaped gums, having this procedure almost always improves the patients confidence. They feel free once more to laugh and smile at jokes without the fear of revealing their gummy smile.

For some, this is also just a first step and, proud of their smile, they return to our Harley Street practice in order to have further cosmetic dental procedures such as tooth whitening in order to approve the appearance of their teeth even more.

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