Gum Recontouring

Gum recontouring is most commonly carried out when an individual has a particularly gummy smile where there is a greater proportion of gum tissue covering the teeth. This gummy smile can make the teeth look short and square. Generally this condition is developmental or genetic but may also be caused by certain medications or health conditions. The process of gum recontouring is very simple and relatively painless. Nowadays gum recontouring is carried out under local anaesthetic with electrosurgery or laser tissue removal. Occasionally there may be instances when small amounts of bone(ostoplasty) may need to be gently removed which you would be advised of at the time of your assessment. It is the bone which acts as a framework for the gums and sometimes can be very thick and bulky.

Healing is swift with lasers and electrosurgery taking just a few short weeks. If veneers or crowns are planned on these teeth after, it is best to wait six weeks with just gum recontouring or up to three months if bone/osteoplasty is performed.

Opening Times
Monday 8am to 5pm
Tuesday 8am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 7pm
Friday 8am to 4pm

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