When you look at your smile, does it seem like your gums have taken over your teeth? Gummy smile isn’t a medical problem, but this cosmetic issue can make you want to hide your smile and that lowers your self-confidence. Fortunately the board-certified periodontists at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants can correct this congenital condition and give you’re the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of.
An aesthetically pleasing smile features the right proportion of exposed teeth to gum tissue but a gummy smile causes the gum tissue to cover 4 mm or more of the teeth so that people notice your gums and not your smile.
A great way to improve a gummy smile is through a minimally-invasive gum lift procedure. A gum lift involves the use of a special dental laser to remove the excess gingival tissue to create a more natural-looking gumline. Performed under local anesthesia in our office, this cosmetic dentistry procedure gives you the results you want with a quick recovery time.
As mentioned above, gum lifts require minimal recovery time and some patients are completely healed in as little as 3 days. During the recovery period, it is important to follow a diet of soft, cold foods and avoid anything crunchy that can scratch the gums or become lodged under them. Any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing can be taken care of with over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
In the first few months following a gum lift, it is not unusual for patients to experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold while eating. This is completely normal and a result of the tooth roots being exposed from the procedure.
Don’t let gummy smile keep you from being the person you really are. When you are proud of your smile you’ll use it more. People who smile more are perceived as more confident and approachable and will see the results not only in their personal life but in their careers as well. Contact us today to say goodbye to your gummy smile and hello to the new and improved you.