Gum Shaping & Contouring

If you have a gummy smile, long teeth, or an uneven gum line, then gum contouring can help improve the appearance of the gums and teeth.

Solve Gummy Smiles For Good

If you are self-conscious about your gummy smile or the appearance of your teeth, get in touch with one of our dentists on 020 8224 7562. The team here at the Gentle Dental cosmetic centre will be able to talk through your various options.

Recommended Treatments

  • Gum contouring/gum grafting
  • Porcelain or composite veneers
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Regeneration or laser gum surgery

The Cost

  • Gum contouring £100-£299
  • Veneer treatment from £990
  • Laser Perio £1600
  • Pay as little as £14.32 a month with finance
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The Practice

  • Based conveniently in East Molesey (KT8 0DL)
  • Free on-site parking for patients
  • Google-rated ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Open late on weekdays and open Saturdays

Your Dentists

  • Surrey’s go-to cosmetic dentists
  • 25+ years of experience
  • Specialists and experts on-site daily
  • Award-winning dentists who are leaders in their fields
Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

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Cosmetic Contouring

Gum reshaping is a cosmetic procedure that contours and re-sculpts your gumline.

This is a good choice if you have a ‘gummy smile’ that makes the teeth look too small. It is a  permanent procedure that only needs to occur once. The gum sculpting process involves removing or restoring gum tissue around the teeth.

Your gums can become uneven, too high or too low for a number of reasons.

If you have short teeth – where your gums cover a large proportion of your teeth, making them look small – then this could be a result of your genetics, a health problem or certain medications.

If you have high gums then this is a condition often caused by gum recession, which  occurs when the tissue of your gums retracts from the tooth and reveals more of the tooth’s surface.

Causes of gum recession include: Ageing, poor oral health, brushing your teeth too hard, gingivitis and the build-up of plaque bacteria

Gum recession can lead to a number of dental problems such as tooth loss and decay.

Do I need gum contouring?

If you are self-conscious about your gum line, then there are ways to change and reshape it to restore your confidence.

Altering the way your gums look is not a medically necessary procedure, it is an elective treatment.

However, there may be situations where gum contouring is medically necessary.

For example, if you have receding gums, then this increases the risk of gum disease and therefore having your gums restored will help reduce the risk of developing infections.

Restoring the gums aims to reduce the pockets between your teeth which are prone to bacteria and decay, and improve the overall look, structure and health of your mouth.

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Everything you need to know about the procedure

If you need or choose to have your gums contoured, then most general and cosmetic dentists, as well as periodontists can perform the procedure.

Before you undergo any treatment, it is important to discuss the procedure fully, so you are comfortable and confident with the process.

Because it is a treatment that is performed by dentists, your gum contouring appointment will be here at the Gentle Dental Clinic.

  • The first step of the procedure will usually include your dentist drawing a line to mark the desired new gum line.
  • This ensures that they can visualise exactly how much gum to remove.
  • A local anaesthetic will be applied to numb the area. If you experience any discomfort at all during the procedure, you must notify your dentist right away.
  • Your dentist will remove your excess gums with a small scalpel or laser to even out the gumline.
  • If you need gums restored due to recession, then a small amount of gum tissue will be taken from another area of your mouth and used to reseal your gum tissue.

The procedure itself should not be painful as an anaesthetic is used during the treatment.

As the anaesthetic begins to wear off, they may feel sensitive or tender in the initial stages after your treatment.

Gum reshaping is a permanent dental procedure; any gum tissue that is removed will not grow back. It provides a long-term solution to an uneven or gummy smile.

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Recovery and Cost

Our dentists will provide you with directions for aftercare, which may include advice such as:

  • Ease any pain by taking over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by your dental practitioner. Avoid aspirin as this can cause bleeding.
  • Stick to soft and cool foods such as yogurt, pasta, or soft vegetables for the first couple of days post-surgery.
  • Your dentist will give you specific guidance on how to brush your teeth effectively.

Gum reshaping usually costs between £150-£250, depending on the complexity of treatment. See our full list of fees here.

We also offer 0% finance options to help make our treatment accessible and affordable for everyone. Because gum contouring is mostly a cosmetic procedure, it is not usually included on the NHS.

However, in rare cases where the gumline is affecting the medical and oral health of an individual, it may be possible to get NHS funding for gum sculpting.

Start your journey to your dream smile today by calling us on 020 8224 7562 or booking an appointment online.

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It only takes 2 minutes to apply and you’ll get an answer immediately – applying for a loan has never been easier. 0% finance is available for many treatments up to £30,000. Credit decisions will be subject to individual circumstances. You must be over 18 and earn an income to apply.

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