Gummy Smile? We Can Fix That!

Posted on Nov 03, 2013 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

For those who have a gummy smile, when in a full smile, excess gum tissue is visible above the upper teeth. Not only does this detract from the beauty of a smile, a gummy smile causes many people to ‘hold back’ when they smile.

While a healthy smile is nothing to conceal, I understand that one’s smile is a factor in appearance as well as self-confidence. It is important to have a healthy smile and one that we feel good about sharing. Now, modern techniques and technology make repairing a gummy smile a process that requires minimal treatment time, is more comfortable, and heals at a faster pace.

Gum contouring is performed using gingivectomy (jen-juh-vect-oh me), where excess gum tissue around the teeth is removed. After the procedure, there may be tenderness or swelling. Most discomfort is managed with over-the-counter medications but prescription strength forms are made available. In healing, every individual is different. Some take a few days to heal while others need a couple of weeks. For those who smoke, this lengthens the duration of healing time.

Most gingivectomies are followed by crown lengthening to enhance the appearance of front teeth after excess tissue is removed. This result is a smile that has a beautiful, even line.

If you have a gummy smile or know someone who would like more information, begin with a consultation to discuss a gingivectomy and subsequent crown lengthening. Call (828) 274-9440 to schedule.

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