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Gum plastic surgery


Gum plastic surgery or gum contouring includes a set of techniques that can be used to improve the gum line aesthetics and/or health.

We can alter the gum to protect implants or to cover up the teeth when the gums have receded and shrunk down. Occasionally we lengthen the teeth by adjusting the gum in order to improve the appearance of the teeth at the level of the gum line. We may lengthen the teeth also, to improve the success rates of crowns in some circumstances allowing a tooth to be saved instead of needed removal.

With our DSD planning and 3D printing technologies, we can provide crown lengthening accurately and quickly with improved efficiency and predictability.


the procedure

  • You will be given a local anaesthetic and offered sedation if you are nervous
  • The gums are adjusted very carefully and stitches are placed that are typically removed after 1-2 weeks

Life Benefits:

  • A straightforward solution to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth
  • Enables procedures to keep teeth as opposed to needing extractions
  • Long-lasting and permanent smile enhancement
  • Allows for more natural-looking restorations

FAQs About Gum Plastic Surgery - The Dentist Leeds

Why Do I Need Gum Plastic Surgery?

There are a number of reasons your dentist may recommend Gum Plastic Surgery. There may be a medical reason for you requiring this type of surgery. Most of these are related to serious gum issues such as periodontal disease which can be quite severe.

However, most cases requiring gum plastic surgery are for cosmetic improvements. The gums may be altered as they naturally start to recede with age. The practitioner at The Dentist will discuss this at length with you and devise a strategy that you will be happy with.

How Can Gum Plastic Surgery Improve My Smile?

Some people have what we call a gummy smile and this makes teeth appear shorter. With gum plastic surgery, your dentist can remove some of the excess gum tissue and give your teeth a more elongated look. In some cases, teeth may even appear to be too long. This too, can be remedied by grafting tissue on to the gumline.

If your dentist has suggested crowns, gum plastic surgery can help improve the quality and success of this procedure. At The Dentist, we use Digital Smile Design techniques and 3D imaging to give us a more accurate picture of what needs to be done. This ensures we can give you the precision you expect and a result you’ll be pleased with.

Do I Need To Go To Hospital For Gum Plastic Surgery?

Gum plastic surgery can be done at The Dentist so there is no need for you to go to hospital. Your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic so you won’t feel any pain. If you feel very nervous about having gum plastic surgery, we can offer you sedation so you’ll be completely relaxed and pain free. Your gums will be adjusted and carefully stitched. These stitches are only temporary and may be removed in a week or two.

Is Gum Plastic Surgery Painful?

When you arrive at The Dentist, your practitioner will guide you through the process. If you are worried about pain, we can discuss the type of anaesthetic we’ll use and, if you are still worried, we can offer conscious sedation. Of course, with any surgery you may experience mild pain following the procedure. This can be managed with over the counter medication. Your dentist will give you after care advice and we’re always available to answer any of your concerns in the days after your gum plastic surgery.

What Are The Benefits?

Whether you need this for medical or cosmetic reasons, the procedure itself is quick and painless. The result is long lasting and you will not need to have any of your teeth extracted. In terms of appearance, you’ll get rid of that gummy smile, your other dental work will be more successful and you’ll have a smile that you’ll love to show the world. 

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our membership plans

We accept referrals from general dentists for specialist treatments and we train dentists to enchance their own skills through courses we run.