If you have a gummy smile, gingival contouring can reframe the teeth by trimming away the excess gum tissue to reveal the tooth underneath at the required shape and length desired. This can dramatically change the smile line and improve aesthetics relatively quickly, avoiding any invasive correction of the teeth themselves.
Gum grafts are essentially gum ‘bandages’ placed over areas of the teeth that have suffered gum recession, typically from gum disease or traumatic tooth brushing technique. The gum graft itself is lifted from another healthy area of the mouth and then stitched on to the deficient area. After a period of healing, assuming the graft has been successful, the previously exposed area of the tooth should now be covered by health new gum.
If you have a gummy smile or would like to cover an exposed area of the tooth, please speak to our dentists about a referral to our specialist periodontist.
What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who has undertaken further training to specialise in the surgical treatment of gum disease.
Why would I need to see a periodontist?
If you have persistent bleeding from your gums, or bone loss around your teeth making them loose, it would be advisable to get a specialist opinion from a periodontist.
What is the difference between periodontist and a dental hygienist?
A periodontist is a qualified dentist with specific expertise in treating advanced gum disease. A dental hygienists skill set is based around delivering basic oral hygiene.
Where can I find a periodontist?
Here at Garden Square Dental we have an in-house periodontist, Dr George Xirogiannis. Otherwise any dentist can make a referral to a specialist of your choice.