Gum contouring is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that you may also have heard called gum reshaping. It can help to give a more even appearance to your gums, and can be used to expose teeth that are covered up by too much gum tissues. This is something that can be called a gummy smile, and it can make people feel quite self-conscious about smiling and talking with others as their teeth look too short. Although gum contouring is usually carried out for cosmetic reasons, it may also help to make it easier to keep the teeth and gums clean.

What Can Cause the Teeth to Be Covered Up with Excess Gum Tissue?

This condition is often down to genetics, but sometimes it may be due to other health conditions. It can sometimes be caused by taking certain prescription medicines such as those used to control high blood pressure.

Treatment is quick and easy, and simply requires the excess gum tissue to be removed. Dr Rik Trivedi or another of our Kent dentists will make sure the right amount of tissue is removed to give you a beautifully even and natural looking gum line. You don’t need to worry about having too much gum tissue removed as our dentists are highly experienced in this procedure. It is carried out using a local anaesthetic to ensure you remain completely comfortable throughout the treatment. The healing process is straightforward, and the dental team at Parrock Dental and Implant Centre will make sure you know exactly how to care for your gums during this period.

Occasionally gum contouring may be carried out in conjunction with other treatments, such as braces in Kent. While orthodontic treatment can be used to correct crooked teeth, gum contouring can help perfect a newly straightened smile. Sometimes it may be necessary to reshape the teeth and to actually remove some of the bone at the base of the tooth. In this case the tooth is likely to need restoring through the placement of a crown, or through the use of dental veneers.

If you’d like to learn more about gum contouring, either as a standalone treatment or as part of a larger smile makeover, then why not contact our dental surgery for more information and advice? You can e-mail us on or you can give us a call on 01474 537191 to book a consultation with one of our dentists.