What is a gingivectomy?

Gum contouring (or gingivectomy) is a cosmetic procedure that can change the shape of your gums. A dentist can use this procedure to cut away excessive gum tissue that is giving you a “gummy” smile or to restore gum tissue that has receded and is now exposing too much of your teeth.

Is it painful?

The procedure is done under a local anaesthetic so that you will not experience any pain during the visit. However, after the procedure you may experience some pain and discomfort.

Today, many dentists opt to use a laser for gum reshaping which minimises discomfort.

How much does it cost?

If the gums have overgrown the teeth, creating an uneven or “gummy” appearance a gingivectomy might yield a good result. Gum contouring can cost $150-$350 to remove and reshape the gum around a single tooth. Because the problem is not usually limited to the area around one tooth, costs for reshaping multiple front teeth are typically $1,000-$3,000.

Considering a gingivectomy? Call Dental 359 on 1300 625 625 now to reserve an appointment to find out if you are a suitable candidate.

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