What is gum contouring?
Gum contouring involves the removal of any excess gum tissue covering a tooth or teeth. Excess gum tissue or black gums can be due to a variety of medical and dental conditions and can even be caused by some commonly prescribed medications. This can make your teeth seem smaller and cause a “gummy smile”.
The gum contouring procedure is performed under local anaesthetic (an injection in the mouth to numb the area being treated – just like before fillings) and does not usually take more than half an hour. Either a scalpel or laser is used to remove excess tissue and reshape the gum. For a few days after the procedure, you may experience some discomfort and your dentist will provide you with specific instructions regarding cleaning the area, as well as how to minimise/alleviate any discomfort.
Whilst usually, there are no issues during or after this type of treatment if your dentist is proficient, sometimes not everything goes to plan when undergoing a cosmetic dental procedure such as gum contouring. You must ensure your dentist is highly skilled in this area to maximise the chances that you get the results you expect. In some cases, if things don’t end up the way you expect, your dental professional may have been negligent.
At the Dental Law Partnership, we will be able to examine the work that was carried out by your dentist and offer expert advice about how to move forward with a compensation claim, if appropriate.