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Gum contouring and Gummy smile Leeds

A gummy smile is often referred to people who show excess gum tissue when they smile.  A gummy smile may occur due to various reasons such as

  • Excess gum tissue causing the teeth to appear small
  • A high lip line causing to reveal too much gum tissue

What are the methods used by your Leeds dentist to repair your gummy smile?
The Leeds dentist can repair you gummy smile by using the following surgical methods

  • Gum contouring using gingivectomy – Excess gum tissue on and around the teeth is excised to repair the gummy smile
  • Gum contouring using Crown lengthening surgery  - Reshapes the gum and bone tissue to reveal more of the natural teeth
  • Hypermobile Lip Surgery – Used in people with high lip line, repairing the condition by limiting the upward movement of the lip and thus preventing excess gum show

Who can undergo a gingivectomy procedure?
Based on the nature of your gum tissue and teeth, you are eligible for a gingivectomy procedure if you fulfil any of the following criteria

  • A gummy smile making your teeth appear short and unattractive
  • Too much gum tissue revealed while smiling
  • Excessive gum tissue growth over the front surface of the tooth

 

Who can undergo a crown lengthening surgery?
Based on the nature of your gum tissue and teeth, you are eligible for a crown lengthening surgery if you fulfil any of the following criteria

  • Short or worn down teeth
  • Thick or irregular bone contours

What happens during your initial consultation with the Leeds dentist?

  • The Leeds dentist will discuss in detail about options of treatment, type of facilities, risks, limitations, anaesthesia and cost and also gather your expectations
  • The  Leeds dentist will collect your complete dental history, medical history and take necessary X-rays
  • Digital images and photographs are taken to compare with the end result of the procedure
  • Dental plaque and calculus are removed through gingiva scaling and root planing
  • The Leeds dentist will further give you instructions and reinforcements to help control dental plaque.

How will your Leeds dentist prepare you for your procedure?

  • You are given an antimicrobial mouth rinse, anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotics
  • The Leeds dentist will instruct you to inform about any particular medical condition you may have such as high blood pressure or allergies towards epinephrine in local anaesthetics
  • The Leeds dentist will prescribe antibiotics to help prevent the risk of infection before and after the surgery, if you have any of the following medical conditions
    • Artificial joints, such as a hip or knee replacement.
    • A medical history of bacterial endocarditis.
    • Damaged or artificial heart valves.
    • A congenital heart defect.
    • An impaired immune system.
    • Liver disease (cirrhosis).

 

How are the procedures to repair gummy smile carried out by the Leeds dentists?
GUM CONTOURING USING GINGIVECTOMY

  • The Leeds dentist numbs the gums using a local anaesthetic
  • A laser is then used to trim the excess gum tissue
  • The laser is used to seal the exposed blood vessels and minimize the bleeding
  • The Leeds dentist places a temporary puttylike substance over the gum line to protect the gums as they heal

GUM CONTOURING USING CROWN LENGTHENING

  • The Leeds dentist numbs the gums using a local anaesthetic
  • A laser or surgical methods are used to reshape the excess gum as well as bone tissue in order to reveal more of the natural teeth
  • The Leeds dentist places a temporary puttylike substance over the gum line to protect the gums as they heal

HYPERMOBILE LIP SURGERY

  • The Leeds dentist numbs the gums using a local anaesthetic
  • Excessive upper movement of the lip is limited by reattaching the gum tissue under the lip at a level in proximity to the teeth

What to expect immediately after the gummy smile repair procedure?

  • You may experience some  soreness or discomfort
  • You are likely to experience some swelling which can be minimised by using an ice pack in the affected area for the first day
  • Prohibit the use of a heating pad or direct heat on the face for the purpose of easing swelling or discomfort
  • Do not worry if the gums take a few days or weeks to heal.

Life after a gummy smile repair
Diet and activities

  • Have only soft foods and cool or tepid liquids as long as the putty is in place
  • Take only clear liquids for the first 4-6 days
  • Avoid all juices, carbonated drinks and dairy products for the first 2 days and for as long you are on pain medication.
  • Return to normal activities once the effects of the anaesthetic wears off
  • It is best to limit your activities on the day of surgery.
  • Stay semi-reclined and not flat while sleeping for the first few days following surgery

Dental Hygiene

  • Do not brush the gum area following the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • You can however, brush just the tops and sides of the teeth without touching the gum tissue from the next day.
  • Gently rinse the gum area 3-4 times daily with lukewarm salt water.
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