Gums play a crucial role in the appearance of anyone’s smile. Light pink gums not only provide a beautiful frame for the teeth but also give us the first impression of a healthy mouth. However, sometimes the gums become damaged due to poor hygiene, defective restorations or gum recession. Some patients also naturally have excessive gum tissue due to a condition called altered eruption. This can make the teeth look small and affects the appearance of the smile.
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What is Gum Reshaping & Correction?
Gum reshaping and correction treatments are among the safest surgical procedures in the dental world. During the initial check-up, an evidence-based treatment plan is created by your dentist to help achieve the results you want. We need to understand exactly what parts of your smile you want to have improved and what treatment option is best suited for the task.
Gum reshaping and correction treatments are usually performed microsurgically using magnifying optical systems and under local anaesthesia. The procedures themselves are usually pain-free. There are several treatment options depending on your requirements:
- Gum graft – to correct receding gums.
- Gingival correction – to correct asymmetric gums.
- Gummy smile treatment – to correct the appearance of “too much gum”.
- Stillmann Cleft treatment – to correct visible damage or trauma to the gum.
- Missing keratinised (attached) gingiva treatment.
- Laser gum contouring – to correct an uneven gum line.
- Discoloured gum treatment – to correct unwanted discolouration of the gum.
- Excessive gum growth – to correct unwanted prominence of the gum usually caused by medication.
We have a post-operative pain management concept which is very successful at keeping pain levels down. After about a week, the healing process is complete, and we can remove the sutures. You will see the result after about four to eight weeks.
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What causes problems with the gums?
The look and health of your gums (known to dentists as gingivae) are influenced by factors such as your genes, oral hygiene, and lifestyle. Some gum issues such as asymmetric gums, a gummy smile or uneven gum lines can simply be genetic. However, modern cosmetic dentistry techniques and procedures mean that these issues can now be corrected with minimally invasive treatment. Other gum issues such as receding or damaged gums are likely to have come from physical factors such as poor oral hygiene or trauma to the gum line. Depending on the cause and the diagnosis we decide together with you which gum correction technique is best for you.
How do we identify what gum correction is right for you?
The first step we undertake is a thorough and robust examination of your gums followed by a diagnosis of the potential problem. We always invite patients for an initial consultation to perform the examination, discuss their issue and explain the variety of potential causes and treatment options suitable to their circumstances.
Once we have agreed upon the most suitable treatment plan, we can help our patients visualise the result either with an imitation of the final situation on a stone plaster model (known as a wax-up) or a virtual aesthetic plan (Digital Smile Design®, digital smile planning). Thanks to this innovative technology, we can not only analyse the problems in the best possible way and determine the necessary corrections, but also simulate the aesthetic changes before the actual treatment starts and discuss them with you.
In some instances, we may need to first address other factors that are the likely cause of the gum issue. For example, if the bone and root surface covering the gum is receding due to grinding or periodontal disease or a combination of both, it is important to first address and solves these issues before starting any cosmetic procedure. As a rule, the preconditions for aesthetic gum surgery are healthy and decay-free teeth where no root canal infections are present, and no active periodontal disease can be identified.
Why choose Wimpole Street Dental Clinic for gum correction?
Our dental specialists in our clinic in the heart of the medical district here in London combine nearly a century of experience and hundreds of periodontal (gum) operations between them. In addition, our ultramodern high-tech set-up, state-of-the-art facilities, numerous national and international publications and performing all procedures under magnification make our clinic one of the most superior centres to receive this specialised treatment.
Contact us today to arrange an initial consultation so that our expert and experienced dentists can examine your gums, discuss your issue and diagnose a correct treatment plan suitable to your circumstances.
Meet our dentists who are experts in Gum Correction…
- We have over 75+ years of combined dentistry experience across our specialist team.
- 10,000+ treatments performed and counting.
- We are leaders in the dental industry – we regularly teach, lecture and publish our research work internationally.
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