Gum contouring or gum sculpting as it is sometimes called, is a technique to reshape the gumline to give an even and balanced appearance.
Average Cost:From £100
Treatment Length:From 15 Minutes
Used to Treat:Uneven Gum Line
Available From:Cosmetic Dentist
Not everyone shows their gums when they smile, but if they do then having an even gumline along the top of the teeth is important for a natural smile. Gum contouring, or gum sculpting as it is sometimes called, is a technique to reshape the gumline to give an even and balanced appearance.
In the example below, the patient had a very gummy smile and the gums sloped towards her left side giving a poor appearance. The gums were reshaped and a week later ceramic crowns were made. Notice the gumline is now in line with the shape of the top lip which gives a balanced and attractive smile.
In this example, the patient had a second incisor tooth which was dark and slightly sticking out. Also, the gum line was lower than the teeth either side. The gum was simply reshaped with a laser and a ceramic veneermade to change the shape, angle and colour of her tooth.
How is it done?
The best way to reshape gum is with a Dental Laser. The laser can be used to reshape the gum as if it was simply melting the gum into the correct shape, without any bleeding. The type of laser needed to do this is a Diode or Soft Tissue laser. Another advantage of laser gum contouring compared to simply cutting the gum is much quicker healing after and a more predictable gum line.
In some cases if a lot of reshaping is required it may be necessary to remove some bone under the gum as well as reshaping the gum. This is more involved, although, by using a special Hard Tissue Laser the surgery is much simpler than conventional surgery.
What does it Cost?
This depends on how much work is involved and if other treatment is being undertaken such as veneers. Typically, expect to pay £150 for soft tissue laser gum reshaping.
Finding a Gum Contouring Dentist
You will want to use a dentist who has a Dental Laser. Not all dentists have lasers as they tend to be quite expensive and only have a few number of uses. Most good cosmetic dentists will have a laser – click here to find a cosmetic dentist near you.