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Gum Contouring

Everyone wants a beautiful smile. Imperfections with teeth such as chipped, grooves or pits in the tooth can often lead to a loss of confidence. Many of these problems can be fixed with a combination of gum contouring and teeth reshaping.

Gum contouring

If you’re unhappy with your smile because your gums sit too low or too high on you teeth, you may be a candidate for gum contouring. Also called tissue sculpting or gum reshaping, gum contouring can even out an uneven gum line and give you a smile you can be proud of.

What causes uneven gums?

Uneven gums can be genetic, the result of a health problem or caused by specific prescription medicines. Gums that are too high are often caused by gingival recession, a condition in which gum tissue pulls back from the tooth and exposes the tooth’s root. Not only can gum recession make your teeth look long, it can lead to serious dental problems such as decay and tooth loss. Gum recession may also be a sign of a periodontal disease, the deterioration of the gums and bone.

Gum contouring surgery

Contouring is considered a cosmetic procedure. Most of the time it is not medically necessary. Most people have their gums reshaped to improve the appearance of their smile.

Treatment aftercare

Until the gums have fully healed, daily brushing and flossing may need to be more gentle than usual to avoid irritating the sensitive tissue.

Tooth reshaping

Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is a procedure to correct crooked, chipped or overlapping teeth. Often used as an alternative treatment to braces, tooth reshaping is a procedure of subtle changes. Commonly used to alter the length, shape and position of your teeth.

Tooth reshaping procedure

A sanding drill or laser gradually removes small amounts of surface enamel on the tooth. The tooth is then shaped with abrasive strips, before smoothed and polished.  Usually anaesthetic is not needed.