People with a gummy smile can sometimes be self-conscious about their face. A gummy smile is also known as delayed passive eruption or excessive gingival display. It essentially means that when you smile, your gums appear to be too large in comparison to the teeth themselves. There aren’t usually any medical issues associated with a gummy smile, but many people still want to fix the problem because they are self-conscious about the way it looks.
Why Does It Happen?
Before you can get into periodontal treatments for gummy smiles, it helps to understand why it happens in the first place. Sometimes this excessive gum display in the upper jaw happens because of the teeth erupting abnormally. If you have a gummy smile, you know that your teeth may look shorter than they are because of the extra gum. In some cases, the muscle controlling your upper lip movement is hyperactive. When this is the case, the upper lip will rise higher than normal, exposing more of the gum tissue during a smile.
Some people also have a gummy smile because of how their upper jaw bone developed. In the case of an excessive bulging protrusion, your smile would have more of your gums in it.
What You Can Do
Luckily, you don’t have to live with a gummy smile if you don’t want to. Dr. DeAndrade can examine your mouth, gums, and teeth and see the extent of your gummy smile and what is causing it. The appointment will frequently include x-rays so he can see the jaw bone and tooth roots as well. There are a wide range of treatments for gummy smiles, spanning multiple fields. Some people will notice results from a laser treatment, but this is typically for minor gummy smiles. In other cases, surgical lip positioning can help, as can braces or maxillofacial surgery. Dr. DeAndrade may sculpt the gingival tissue as well as bone surgically to give you gum contours that are healthier.
If you are concerned about your gummy smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. DeAndrade at Anthem Periodontics to see which treatment would work best in your situation.