What should I do if I have a Gummy Smile?

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A person’s smile is considered ‘gummy’ if we can see more of their gums than their teeth when they smile. This doesn’t always have to be a medical problem. But in any case, it is an aesthetic problem. People with a gummy smile hesitate to smile in front of people, which is damaging for their self-esteem. If you a gummy smile, there is nothing to worry for you can now avail a plethora of treatments.

Firstly, you need to get yourself examined by a dentist. Only a professional can determine the causes of gummy smile via methods like digital impressions of the teeth and gums as well as X-ray imaging. Depending on the severity of your condition, a dentist may refer you to a specialist, such as a periodontist.

As mentioned above, there are various treatment options for gummy smile. In some cases, laser treatments like gum lift works just fine. In this procedure, excess gum tissue is removed with a special dental laser after putting the patient under local anesthesia. The procedure is performed in a day and it has a quick recovery time.

Crown lengthening is yet another periodontal treatment for gummy smiles. It is a surgical procedure which attempts to create an even gum line by exposing more of the tooth’s surface. This is achieved by removing excess gum tissue, and sometimes even the gum bone. The benefit of this treatment is that it not only creates a natural looking smile, but also offers comfort as you eat, speak, and smile.

Other procedures include:

  • Surgical lip positioning
  • Braces
  • Maxillofacial surgery for bone repositioning

The end result of each procedure is to expose more of your teeth and less of your gums when you smile. Dr. De Andrade of Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants in Las Vegas specializes in the treatment of gummy smile. Dr. De Andrade will ensure that nothing gets in the way of your smile, not even your gums! Schedule your appointment today.