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Cosmetic surgery to correct gummy smiles

If you feel like your teeth are too small or gums look too large, you may have what is commonly known as a “gummy smile” or “excessive gingival display.” At The Texas Dental Implant Center, we are happy to help explore all options available to you to correct this condition and give you a smile you will love.

Gummy smiles are caused by excessive gum tissue on your upper teeth or jaw, which can result in the abnormal eruption of teeth. This may cause your teeth to appear smaller than their actual length. In addition, your upper lip might be slightly inflamed and will rise higher than it should. This is because the muscles that control the upper lip tend to become hyperactive and expose more gum tissue. Gummy smiles are also caused by the way in which your upper jaw tends to develop. For example, if there is an excessive bulging or protrusion of your upper jaw, then it is obvious that there is a problem within the gum tissue, which can lead to a gummy smile.

Treatments to Correct Gummy Smiles

There are several procedures that are used to correct gummy smiles, including:

Crown lengthening:

A gummy smile is typically fixed through cosmetic dental surgery, specifically through a procedure called the dental crown lengthening. The crown lengthening procedure involves the removal and re-sculpting of your gums to expose more of your natural tooth structure beneath.

Gum grafting

: In some cases, where the tooth roots are exposed, your teeth look longer than they should. This can also be fixed through a cosmetic dental procedure, known as gum grafting. Gum graft surgery is a procedure in which soft tissue, typically from the roof of your mouth, is patched onto the gum and allowed to integrate, stimulating gum tissue growth in the area. Gum grafting is effective at not only covering exposed tooth roots, but also in preventing further decay.

Gingivoplasty and gingivectomy:

Gingivoplasty and gingivectomy procedures are permanent solutions to correct gum tissue overgrowth. A gingivectomy involves the surgical removal of gum tissue, while a gingivoplasty reshapes healthy gum tissue surrounding one’s teeth. Both of these surgical procedures can help you achieve a permanent solution to a gummy smile and should be completed by an experienced dental professional.

If you suffer from a gummy smile or exposed tooth roots, there are a number of cosmetic surgery options available for you to correct these problems and get you the smile you have always wanted. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with us to see what options are available to you.