Reshaping your gums for a natural looking smile.
Although not an overly common problem, some people do have what is known as a ‘gummy smile’. This occurs when the gum line comes a lot lower down the teeth than is normal.
This causes not only an excessive amount of gum to be revealed when you smile, but can also make it appear that your teeth are very short too. Whilst there may not be any obvious medical problems associated with this; for most people that have this problem, it can be quite embarrassing and may make them self conscious about their appearance.
There may be a number of potential causes of this problem, including:
- Abnormal eruption of the teeth
- Hyperactive upper lip muscles
- Unusual upper jaw bone development
If you have a gummy smile and wish to have this corrected, this is sometimes possible with a relatively straightforward procedure. Our Clapham dental team will first of all examine you thoroughly, to make sure that there are no potentially serious underlying issues.
Providing that there are no other conditions which may be causing your gummy smile, and that may need to be treated first, there is a straightforward treatment which can permanently reshape your gums into a natural looking state.
In the past, this would have involved reshaping the gums using a scalpel. Although effective, this would cause significant bleeding and soreness once the local anaesthetic wore off. At Confidental Clinic, we use modern laser treatment to do the same thing, but with fewer side effects.
You will be given a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort that you might feel whilst receiving treatment, following which excess gum is removed and reshaped using a laser. This not only provides for a more comfortable and accurate procedure, but the laser also cauterises the wound, healing it as it goes. There may still be a little bleeding following completion of the treatment, but this should be relatively minimal.
Soreness and aftercare
You may feel some soreness following gums reshaping, but this should soon go as the flesh starts to heal. We would advise you to avoid any foods that might irritate the gums for a few days, until your gums are healed. You will also need to keep them clean to avoid any potential infections, and we will provide you with full aftercare instructions when you have the treatment.
The best news of all is that, once done, the results should be permanent in most cases and there should be no need to have the treatment repeated.
If you have a gummy smile and would like to discuss this in more detail with one of our knowledgeable Clapham dentists, please call Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 9060.