We’d all like to have the perfect smile and today there are so many ways of improving the way we look through the advances of cosmetic dentistry.Braces, teeth whitening and veneers are just some of the procedure available for patients looking to improve their appearance.
One option open to people considering cosmetic dentistry is gum contouring, which is a form of reshaping the gums. This ideally suits patients who might have what is known as a ‘gummy smile’. To be more specific, this is where the gums cover too much of the teeth.Read on to find out more about the procedure and how it works – and whether it would suit you.
Traditionally the process of gum contouring has been carried out with a scalpel, although more and more dentists are nowadays opting to use more modern special laser devices to achieve the desired effect required by the patient.
Here’s how it works: anaesthetic is applied to the area of the inside of the mouth which is being targeted and then a scalpel or laser are used to trim away parts of the gum which lie over the teeth. Crowns and veneers may be used once the procedure is complete during what is usually a pretty simple and painless process.
A significant difference between using a scalpel and a laser are that the latter is able to seal blood vessels during the procedure, which reduced the amount of blood released during the procedure.
Is it that simple?
There are cases when the cutting and reshaping of the gum does not fully achieve the desired effect and occasionally the dentist may opt to remove some of the bone where the teeth are rooted. However, please be aware that this is down to the decision of the dentist, as they seek to appropriately carry out the cosmetic procedure for the benefit of the patient.
What else should I be aware of?
Due to the use of anaesthetic, the patient should find the experience relatively pain free while it is being carried out. There is a fairly quick healing process too, although it may take longer if a scalpel is used.However, be aware that the removal of too much gum can make it difficult for the area which has been addressed to heal properly, potentially leading to swelling which may require further treatment to be dealt with.
In addition, expect to pay a relatively high amount for a gum contouring procedure. With a laser apparatus, it is likely to cost about £120 – although you could pay a lower price if a scalpel is used.