People are said to have a gummy smile if a significant amount of gum tissue is exposed creating the illusion of short or little teeth. Many times, people may have straight, healthy teeth but the beauty of their smile is diminished because of large or uneven gums. A periodontist can help correct these issues by contouring the gums to remove excess tissue and frame the teeth symmetrically.
Gum therapy generally refers to any reshaping procedure which improves the appearance of the gum tissue. There are multiple procedures which can improve the esthetics of a gummy smile. The periodontist will carefully consider the cause of a gummy smile before determining the appropriate procedure to correct it.
Gum Contouring with Lasers
Gum contouring is a non-invasive, innovative solution to a gummy smile which uses lasers to remove excess gum tissue and sculpt the gum line to accent a patient’s smile. Laser contouring is faster than the surgical option and it is virtually painless, although, a light anesthetic is used to numb the mouth and eliminate any discomfort. The lasers also cauterize while they trim which means less bleeding. This simple procedure can usually be completed in one visit.
Crown Lengthening with Osseous Surgery
Another option to treat gummy smile is crown lengthening with osseous surgery. This is a process which entails having your gums and bone trimmed in the problem areas to permanently lengthen teeth. In some cases, patients may have excessive bone and gum in areas which cover a large percentage of their teeth. A local anesthetic is used to prevent discomfort while the periodontist contours the bone and gum. The result is an attractive smile with beautifully shaped teeth and less gums.
If you think you may have gummy smile, or have been told you do, call our office today. Our skilled staff is always happy to help you explore all your options to turn a gummy smile into a healthy, beautiful smile.