Gum Sculpting in Melbourne for Gummy Smiles
A lot of people overlook the important part gums play in how smiles appear. Some peoples’ teeth are covered by an excessive amount of gum tissue, resulting in what is called a gummy smile or a gingival smile. If your gum line is low or uneven, making your teeth look too short, you should speak to the Dental on Clarendon team about gum sculpting. The cosmetic dentists at our South Melbourne clinic will examine your mouth and determine if you require gum sculpting.
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Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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Commonly Asked Questions
- A side-effect of using particular medications
- Muscles around the lips that are unusually strong and hyperactive (this can cause the lips to be pulled up high when you smile, revealing more gum)
- An upper jaw bone that is longer and larger than it should be
- An upper lip that’s disproportionately sized, causing a lot of the gum line to be visible
- Teeth that have worn down over the years or erupted further downwards, revealing more of the gum line
- Too much gum that has naturally grown
Gum sculpting involves reshaping the gum tissue to improve its appearance and restore the natural size of your teeth. This is done over two separate procedures where the upper gum line is raised and sculpted. Some of the underlying bone may have to be removed, or crowns might have to be placed to extend the teeth and make them look longer so your smile appears more symmetrical.
While gum sculpting is primarily done to improve the aesthetics of a patient’s smile, gummy smiles indicate that the patient also has other oral health issues that need to be treated. Such issues include:
- The teeth or upper jaw have developed incorrectly, affecting your bite
- The teeth have become worn down due to grinding or clenching
- An excessive amount of gum tissue makes it hard to brush and floss your teeth, which also increases the likelihood of developing tooth decay and gum disease
Usually, the gum sculpting cost will range between $1,500 and $3,000. Gum sculpting cost is determined by the patient’s specific circumstances and what is required to treat them. Such factors include:
- The type of anaesthesia that the patient needs to go under
- The extent of work that the patient requires
- The possibility of bone reduction treatments being required before the gUm sculpting procedure is commenced
Gum sculpting is a minor and straightforward surgical procedure where the patient will receive local anaesthetic, meaning they won’t feel any pain. However, some potential risks that should be noted include:
- Gum tissue relapsing
- An allergic reaction to the anaesthesia
- Swollen or bleeding gums