Gum contouring is a procedure for correcting the level of your gums. For example, if you think you show too much gum when you smile, (something that you may hear called a gummy smile) then you may find this treatment useful. It can also be used by Dr Rik Trivedi to correct gums that look unevenly shaped. If your gums cover too much of your teeth, then it can make it appear as if your teeth are too small. Removing the excess gum tissue covering up your teeth can correct this.

What Can Cause Gums to be Uneven?

Uneven gum levels, or having too much gum tissue covering your teeth can be caused by a number of different things. It could simply be down to genetics, it may have come about due to a particular health problem, or you may have been given prescription drugs that caused the gum tissue to grow excessively.

Gum contouring is usually carried out as a cosmetic dental procedure, but occasionally it may be used as part of treatment for gum disease, and sometimes exposing more of the crown of a tooth can be helpful to gum health. The procedure is very straightforward, and Dr Trivedi will make sure you know exactly what to expect beforehand. It is carried out under a local anaesthetic, and it may take a little while for your gums to fully heal after surgery. This means you will probably need to wait for your gums to settle down before you can see the full effects of gum contouring. If the procedure has lengthened your teeth significantly, then you may need to have these teeth crowned or veneered to complete the reshaping process.

This process is something that can be carried out before or after having orthodontics in Kent. Sometimes orthodontic treatment can help to reduce some of the gumminess of a smile through repositioning the teeth, but gum contouring may still be required to help perfect your newly straightened smile.

Gum contouring can be carried out at Parrock Dental and Implant Centre as a standalone procedure, or as part of a longer treatment plan. Your smile can be fully evaluated by one of our Kent dentists who will then be able to give you an honest opinion as to which combination of treatments will benefit you most.

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