Teeth Therapy: reshaping the gums
Cosmetic gum reshaping can be used to improve the look of your smile, especially in the following cases.
When some people smile, a large portion of their gums is revealed. This portion can vary from a few millimeters to an equal measure of gum and teeth showing. If people feel dissatisfied with this look, it can be treated with cosmetic dentistry. Your dentist or periodontist can reshape excess gum and bone tissue, to reveal more of the teeth and less of the gums.
* Uneven Gum Line
The best-looking gum lines have an even, upward curve from the centre to the sides. Some people have gum lines that are lumpy and bumpy. Again, the gum line can be cosmetically reshaped, if so desired. Your dentist or periodontist can create an even gum line across the front teeth, improving the appearance of your smile.
* Gum Recession or ‘Long Teeth’
Sometimes, the teeth may appear ‘long’, even though they are, in reality, normal-sized. This look is a result of receding gums (‘gingival recession’). When the gums shrink back, they expose more of the tooth’s root. This can occur over time, often when people have been brushing their teeth the wrong way or using a toothbrush that is too hard, or when gum disease is present.
Your dentist or periodontist can treat this, either by grafting some gum tissue from another part of the mouth, such as the roof of the mouth, or by using materials from a tissue bank. Tissue banks store material that has been donated by other people and ‘neutralized’, ready for grafting.