Excess Gums - Gummy Smile or Irregular Gum Line
Your gums to be too low or too high. A number of things can cause excess gums. Excess gums can be brought on by genetics, underlying health conditions, or taking certain medication.
Periodontal plastic procedures (aesthetic gum surgery) can be performed to enhance your smile. Also, known as gum reshaping, gum contouring is a procedure that removes excess gum tissues to expose more of the crown of a the tooth to create a proportionate look of gum tissue and tooth surface. The procedure can also be used on uneven gums to create an aesthetically pleasing gum line.
During a gum contouring surgery, our qualified dentists and experienced periodontists will numb the gums with local anaesthetic and remove the excess gum, creating an even gum line.
These surgical procedures can be performed to prevent or correct developmental, anatomical, traumatic or plaque-induced defects of the gums, alveolar bone, thus improving your smile.
During a gum countering surgery, our qualified dentists and experienced periodontists will numb the gums with a mild local anaesthetic and use a soft tissue laser to remove the excess gum, creating an elongated set of teeth with an even gum line.
Gums that are receded make your teeth appear longer. Gum recession may also be a sign of periodontal disease – the deterioration of the supporting gums and bone structures of the teeth. Various causes can lead to exposed tooth roots which may then result in root sensitivity, plaque accumulation or an uneven gum line with the neighbouring teeth. In selected cases, gum graft surgery can be performed to cover the gum recession area and minimise further recession and the loss of its underlying bone.
It is important to take note that the foundation (gums and bones) of the teeth needs to be healthy before proceeding with surgical procedures. Gum disease has to be treated before such procedures can be carried out. Each case is unique.