Call today +44 28 90687722
Blue Sky Dentistry
28 Wellington Park, Belfast BT9 6DL
  • dentisry awardsWinner
  • dentisry awardsWinner 2010, 2013
  • dentisry awardsHighly Commended
  • dentisry awardsWinner
  • dentisry awards
    Winner
  • dentisry awards

Gum Contouring/Grafting

Gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping, is a cosmetic form of dental treatment used to improve the general look of a person's teeth. It is primarily used in cases where the individual has what is commonly known as 'gummy smile'. This is a condition where the gums cover too much of the teeth, usually the front teeth, and this can leave the length of the teeth looking too short, which can affect a person's general desire to smile.

Such a condition may be caused due to genetics, health circumstances or as a result of certain high blood pressure prescriptions. This can have an affect on an individual's self-confidence and may see them do their best not to smile in public. Gum contouring is a dental treatment which is painless and able to solve the problem of 'gummy smile' through quick and painless treatment.

What is a 'gummy smile'?

A gummy smile is only considered so when there is a high percentage of gum covering a person's front teeth. This is commonly caused by genetic factors, but it can also be due to certain health conditions or as a side-effect to some high blood pressure medication. Such a condition can cause a person's self-esteem to plummet and can make the process of smiling an unappealing one. This is a condition that mainly affects the front teeth but can also shape other teeth out of sight. 'Gummy smile' is not so much a medical dilemma but is more of an aesthetic problem. It can however have a negative affect on an individual's self-confidence, affecting their mental welfare, which is why gum contouring is such an important dental treatment.

What is gum contouring?

Gum contouring is a technique that allows dentists to provide more symmetrical teeth by adjusting the levels of the gum. This is a quick and often painless treatment, and will allow dentists to achieve huge improvement in the cosmetic appearance of patient's teeth. Along with the use of crowns and veneers after the treatment is complete, gum contouring is a simple procedure that can easily remedy a 'gummy smile'.

How much does gum contouring cost?

The cost of gum contouring treatment can vary depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be contoured. Prices for gum contouring start from around £400.

Gum graft surgery

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Gum graft surgery will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Gum grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During gum graft surgery, your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

What are the benefits of gum graft surgery?

A gum graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

« Back to Cosmetic Dentistry