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Published on: 24 Aug 2016 by rozamason
When you smile
do you find you show too much gum tissue or that perhaps your teeth look too
short? If so, you might have what’s commonly called a gummy smile, where an
excess of gum tissue is shown whenever you laugh or talk. People with this
condition can often feel slightly self-conscious about the appearance of their
teeth but the good news is that correcting a gummy smile can often be quite
easy, particularly when using laser dentistry.
What Can Cause a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile
can be caused by teeth erupting abnormally so they remain covered up with an
excess of gum tissue, making them appear to short. Underneath the gum tissue,
these teeth may be the proper length. For some people, there gummy smile may be
due to the way their upper jaw has developed and it’s possible for it to be
excessively bulging underneath the gum tissue. This can exaggerate the
appearance of a gummy smile. Another cause can be due to overactive facial
muscles. If the muscles controlling your upper lip are hyperactive, they could
be pulling your upper lip up too high whenever you smile, exposing more of your
Is This Problem Just Cosmetic?
For many people
the problem will be purely cosmetic, as ideally you should show a minimal
amount of gum tissue when smiling. The idea is for your gums to just frame your
teeth and to have pleasing contours. However if a gummy smile is being caused
by the way teeth have erupted or is due to jaw development then it could
actually be quite uncomfortable and teeth may not bite together correctly. It’s
possible for this to affect long-term dental health.
Diagnosing and Treating a Gummy Smile
If you are
unhappy with the appearance of your gums then it’s best to see a periodontist
who specializes in treating gums. Dr. Navid Rahmani of Contemporary Periodontics & Implant Surgery
is highly experienced and will soon be able to diagnose the reason for your
gummy smile. During this diagnosis he will carefully examine your gum tissue
and he may wish to take digital dental x-rays toassess
the shape of your teeth and jawbone underneath the gum tissue. Minor cases of a
gummy smile are often very easily and comfortably treated using the very latest
Dr. Rahmani has
one of the most up-to-date and safest lasers available today and it combines a
gentle spray of water with laser energy for a more comfortable experience. The
nice thing about having laser dentistry is that it is extremely precise. Dr
Rahmani can accurately remove just the right amount of gum tissue to create
a more cosmetically pleasing effect. After treatment your gums will nicely
frame your teeth, making the most of your smile. With laser dentistry, healing
is quicker and there are fewer side effects such as swelling and bleeding. The
laser energy automatically seals any small blood vessels so there is no need
for stitches. If the problem is being caused by excess bone in your jaw, Dr.
Rahmani can carry out a crown lengthening procedure, removing excess gum tissue
and bone to expose more of your tooth surfaces. This can help create a
healthier and more natural looking smile.
to correct a gummy smile may include orthodontics or surgical lip repositioning
to reduce the activity of hyperactive upper lip muscles.