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Gummy Smile

A gummy smile describes excessive gum tissue that creates an uneven smile showing too much gum. In most cases, this condition is simply cosmetic. Uneven or excessive gums can be effectively reshaped with laser surgery at our dental clinic in Lewisham.

What causes a gummy smile?

There are a number of different causes of excessive gum tissue, including:

  • Genetics
  • Certain medications
  • Poor oral health
  • Misaligned bites
  • Excessive amount of upper jawbone

Receding gums is the opposite problem: the gum tissue is pulled back to expose the tooth roots, making the teeth appear smaller than they actually are. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Our dental practice in Lewisham can treat these dental problems and restore your oral health.

Benefits of laser gum reshaping

  • An attractive full smile
  • Precise results
  • Quick and simple procedure
  • Minimal discomfort and bleeding
  • Fast recovery

What happens during treatment?

Your cosmetic dentist in Lewisham will firstly examine your teeth and gums to determine your suitability for laser gum reshaping.

The treatment will be performed under local anaesthetic. Your private dentist in Lewisham will use a laser to trim away, reshape, and seal off the excess gum tissue. The appointment will take about an hour. You can expect to feel some mild discomfort, but there won’t be any bleeding.

How to care for your gums after treatment:

  • Rest and avoid strenuous activity for the next few days.
  • Eat a soft diet based around foods, such as, bananas, oatmeal, potatoes, rice, cooked vegetables, and pasta. Hard, crunchy foods may damage your gums and delay healing.

  • Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medication (e.g. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen).

  • Aspirin causes bleeding - do not take it.

Your dentist in Lewisham will further advise you on how to care for your gums after surgery for a smooth and safe recovery.

Are you interested in laser treatment to transform your gummy smile in Lewisham? To book your consultation today, please call Lewisham Dental Practice on, or email us at

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