Treating A ‘Gummy Smile’ In Purley

Using laser treatment to give your smile a lift.

A gummy smile can be caused by a number of things. It can be caused by the abnormal eruption of teeth, the way that your upper jawbone grew or it may even simply be genetic. Whatever the cause though, it can leave a person with a less than appealing smile where excess gum is revealed which partially covers the teeth.

Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be a long term problem and, at the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we offer a great long term solution for sufferers.

Laser treatment

In order to remove the excess gum, it is first of all numbed using a local anaesthetic. Our cosmetic dentist will then precisely remove the excess gum on the teeth using a very fine laser. Not only does this remove the excess gum but also cauterises the wound, creating significantly less bleeding than if the procedure is performed using a scalpel.

Naturally, great care is taken to ensure that your new gum line is even and natural looking to give you the smile that you want. There should be no significant pain following the procedure although some patients do experience a little discomfort for a few days. Your regular painkiller medication is typically fine to manage this and any discomfort should subside within a few days.

Healthy gums

Once your new gum line has fully healed, you should, of course, ensure that you continue to look after your gums. Gum disease is always a potential threat and prevention takes little more than diligent personal cleaning on a regular basis, along with periodic visits to our hygienist for professional cleans to remove hardened plaque from the teeth and gum line.

Failure to look after your gums can have a number of unpleasant consequences, including sores and bleeding and potentially tooth loss if disease progresses. Another possible consequence is gum recession which may expose the root section of the tooth which is unprotected by the hardened enamel layer. This is likely to cause your teeth to become more sensitive and also more prone to dental decay in that area.

Show off your teeth!

With their gummy smile gone, many patients of the Confidental Clinic in Purley have taken the opportunity to make the best of their new smile. No longer embarrassed by the unappealing appearance of their teeth, they have taken up the opportunity to show them off at their whitest by taking advantage of our convenient home teeth whitening kits.

If you are unhappy because you have a gummy smile or have any concerns about the health or appearance of your teeth, why not arrange an appointment with us at our Surrey dental practice to see how we can help you. Simply call us today on 020 8660 8923.