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RESHAPING YOUR GUMS (Understanding Gum Contouring In Singapore)

Gum Contouring (Gingivoplasty) in Singapore: Enhance Your Smile


What is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a dental procedure aimed at improving your oral health and smile by adjusting the gum line. This procedure can be performed using traditional methods with scalpels or more modern techniques like laser surgery, depending on the specific needs and goals of the patient. Surveys reveal that about 10% of adults seek cosmetic dental procedures like gum contouring (also known as gingivoplasty) for a better oral appearance. More details can be found below: read on to find out if you're a suitable candidate!

Types of Gum Contouring


Types of Gum Contouring

Here's a look at the various types of gum contouring, each tailored to meet specific aesthetic and health needs.


1. Laser Gum Contouring

Offers a minimally invasive alternative with a precision laser, leading to reduced recovery times and less discomfort. Ideal for patients seeking a quick improvement in gum-to-tooth ratio with minimal downtime.


2. Traditional Gum Contouring

Utilises scalpels or lasers for precise adjustments to the gum line, aimed at enhancing the proportion between gums and teeth. This method tends to involve a longer recovery period and may offer more dramatic improvements for extensive reshaping needs.


3. Celebrity Gum Contouring

Specifically designed for those in the public eye, focusing on creating a flawless smile. This tailored approach often combines various techniques and is part of a broader cosmetic dental makeover.


4. Gum Contouring For Receding Gums

Addresses gum recession by possibly grafting tissue to rebuild the gum area. This method not only improves the aesthetics of the smile but also enhances oral health by protecting tooth roots.


5. Gum Contouring After Braces

Targets uneven gum lines post-orthodontic treatment, perfecting the smile by adjusting the gum line to better reveal the teeth. This option is ideal for correcting a "gummy smile" or enhancing tooth exposure after braces removal.

Gum Contouring Procedure

Before the Procedure

  • Consultation with a dental specialist is necessary.
  • Discuss cosmetic goals and assess candidacy.
  • Devise a treatment plan, potentially including a preview of proposed adjustments.
  • Administer local anaesthesia for comfort during the procedure.

During the Procedure

  • Scalpels or advanced lasers are used for precise incisions.
  • If needed, radiosurgery is employed for controlled cutting and coagulation.
  • The aim is to improve your smile through aesthetic gum surgery.
  • Duration ranges from 15 minutes to 1 hour based on individual needs.

Aftercare and Recovery

  • Timeline: Patients can typically resume normal activities within a day. Full healing is expected to take up to two weeks.
  • Managing Swelling and Discomfort: Swelling and discomfort are expected to subside within a few days. These can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Applying ice packs can also help reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
  • Oral Hygiene: It’s crucial to maintain good oral hygiene post-operation to avoid irritation.
  • Dietary Advice: For the first few days after surgery, patients are advised to consume soft, cool foods like eggs, pasta, yoghurt, cottage cheese, soft vegetables, and ice cream.
  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics may be prescribed post-surgery to prevent infection, especially for patients with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems

Gum Contouring Benefits

  • Aesthetic Improvement: Achieve a balanced gum-to-teeth ratio for an appealing smile.
  • Oral Health: Deter tooth decay and mitigate tooth sensitivity.
  • Improved Smile Line: Your smile line is enhanced, elevating your self-confidence.
  • Cosmetic Dentist Expertise: Benefit from a cosmetic dentist’s skills in gum reshaping.
  • Even Gum Line: Uneven gum lines are smoothed out, promoting a uniform appearance.

Gum Contouring Benefits

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Gum Contouring Techniques

You may need dental implants if:

Here are some gum contouring techniques used in Singapore:

  • Laser Gum Contouring: This minimally invasive procedure uses a laser to move back your gum line. It's done under local anaesthetic.
  • Gum Graft Surgery: In selected cases, gum graft surgery can be performed to cover the gum recession area and minimise further recession and the loss of its underlying bone¹.
  • Surgical Crown Lengthening: For larger volume gum reshaping, surgical crown lengthening that also re-contours the underlying bone may be required.
  • Electrocautery: For very minimal reshaping, electrocautery can be used. This does not require stitches, produces minimal bleeding, and heals rapidly.

Gum Contouring Techniques

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What is a Gummy Smile?

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1. A gummy smile is when your smile shows more gum than is typically aesthetically pleasing.


2. Excess gum tissue over your teeth can make them appear short.


3. An uneven gum line may make your teeth look asymmetrical.


4. Visit a cosmetic dentist for potential improvement to boost your self-confidence.


A gummy smile can lead to a host of dental issues. Enlist the help of the Nuffield team today!


What Causes a Gummy Smile?

You may need dental implants if:
  • Genetic predisposition: Your genes often determine your gum line's natural contour and the proportion of gum to teeth, which can sometimes result in a gummy appearance.
  • Health problems: Certain conditions can lead to a gummy smile, for example, periodontal disease, affecting gum health and potentially altering the gum line.
  • Swelling from infections: Bacterial infections in the gums can cause swelling, sometimes making your smile appear gummier.
  • Medication side effects: Some medications have side effects that include gum tissue overgrowth, contributing to a gummy smile.
  • Even gum lines: A visually pleasing smile typically features an even gum line; deviations from this can make your smile seem gummy.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

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Conditions Addressed By Gum Contouring

Gum Contouring Complementary Procedures

To achieve better smile aesthetics and oral health, consider these complementary treatments:

Pocket Reduction Surgery:

  • Purpose: Addresses periodontal disease by cleaning the spaces (pockets) between the gum and teeth.
  • Benefits: Reduces pocket depth, combats gum disease, and stabilises the foundation for cosmetic procedures like gum contouring.
  • Relevance: Ensures a healthy gum environment, enhancing the durability and aesthetics of gum contouring results.

Dental Veneers:

  • Purpose: Thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth, improving their appearance.
  • Benefits: Corrects discoloration, chips, or misalignment in teeth, complementing the improved gum line achieved through contouring.
  • Relevance: Offers a comprehensive smile makeover when combined with gum contouring, addressing both teeth and gum aesthetics for an overall perfect smile.

Gum Contouring Risks

Before undergoing gum contouring, it's important to understand the potential risks involved. Here are some risks associated with the procedure:

  • Infection: The exposed areas post-surgery may become infected.
  • Bleeding: You might experience bleeding during or after the procedure.
  • Sensitivity: Your gums may be sensitive to temperature changes or pressure.

Gum Contouring Complications

While gum contouring is generally safe, there are rare complications that may arise. Here are some potential complications:

  • Post-procedure gum recession: Although rare, this may occur.
  • Overcorrection potential: In some instances, excessive tissue removal could affect your gum line's appearance.

Gum Contouring Cost in Singapore

Costs in Singapore range from $218 to $708.50 per tooth, with variations based on the complexity of the case. Consult Nuffield Dental for a personalised quote today.

Are There Subsidies for Gum Contouring in Singapore?

  • Typically viewed as a cosmetic, elective procedure; no general subsidies (such as CHAS and Medisave) are available.
  • Dental Insurance: Some policies may offer partial coverage under specific terms. Check with your provider.

Are There Subsidies for Gum Contouring in Singapore?

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The Team at Nuffield Dental

At Nuffield Dental, we:

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Ensure safety in all dental surgeries with strict surgical set-up and sterilisation protocol.

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Check the patient’s medical history before every surgical procedure.

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Adhere to high standards for infection control, hygiene, and professionalism.

Sanitise and disinfect the area after each patient.

Provide official staff training four times a year and develop ‘Personal Development Portfolios’ for all staff.

Carry out appraisals for the team based on patient feedback.

At Nuffield Dental, your care is managed by competent professionals utilising advanced materials and equipment in a safe clinical environment. Contact us for an appointment today.

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1. Is it Safe to Contour Your Gums?

Yes, gum contouring is generally safe when performed by a qualified dental professional. Risks are minimal and can include infection or gum tissue regrowth, but these are rare with proper care.

2. How Long Does Gum Contouring Last?

Once done, the new gum line is typically permanent, and with proper maintenance, like regular oral hygiene, the results should endure. Regular dental check-ups also help sustain your gum contour's appearance.

3. How Many Gum Contouring Sessions Will I Need?

The number of gum contouring sessions varies based on individual needs and treatment goals. Generally, one session per tooth is typical, but your dentist will advise based on your specific case.

4. When is Gum Contouring Surgery Medically Necessary?

Gum contouring surgery is medically necessary when excessive gum tissue affects oral health, causes discomfort, or hampers proper dental hygiene, leading to issues like gum disease or difficulty in eating and speaking.

5. How Common is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a frequent cosmetic dentistry choice, addressing concerns like "gummy smiles". Your unique dental needs often dictate its prevalence. Generally, it's more familiar among those seeking aesthetic improvements to their smile.

6. What Type of Doctors Perform Gum Contouring?

Periodontists and cosmetic dentists perform gum contouring, a procedure aimed at reshaping the gum line to improve the appearance of a person's smile and oral health.

7. Is Gum Contouring Worth it?

It depends on your needs and goals. For those looking to improve their smile due to excessive gum tissue, it can significantly enhance appearance and boost confidence.

Medical References

Diaspro, A., et al. (2018). Gummy Smile Treatment: Proposal for a novel corrective technique and a review of the literature. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 38(12), 1330–1338.


Venugopal, A., et al. (2024). Gummy Smiles: Etiologies, Diagnoses & Formulating a Clinically Effective Treatment Protocol. Seminars in Orthodontics.

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Why Choose Nuffield Dental?

Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre in Singapore. At Nuffield, we put you first. We believe in providing personalised service for each patient.

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Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. Here at Nuffield Dental, we pride ourselves of our personalised oral care for each and every one of our patients. We need to make sure you get all the help you need to make your dental procedures comfortable, accessible and seamless.

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