We recently wrote about gum recession, but what if you have the opposite problem? Do you feel like you show too much gum when you smile?
If so, you’re not the only one. According to the NY Times, roughly 14% of women and 7% of men have excessive gingival (gum) exposure when smiling – otherwise known as a gummy smile.
Gummy smile can be caused by several things, including abnormal eruption of the teeth, a hyperactive upper lip muscle, or the growth pattern of your upper jaw bone.
Either way, if you suffer from a gummy smile, you’ve probably wished you could do something about it – and the fact is you can, through gummy smile correction.
How Gummy Smile Correction Works
There are several different options used by dentists to correct a gummy smile, including orthodontics, maxillofacial surgery, and even botox injections. At Rancho Dental San Diego, we treat gummy smiles through a procedure called crown lengthening.
During crown lengthening, you will be given a local anesthetic. A series of small incisions around your gum tissue are made to separate the gums from the teeth, providing the dentist with access to your tooth roots and underlying bone.
Once this is done, the dentist then reshapes your gum line until the proper amount of tooth is exposed, then cleans the wounds with sterile water and sutures them with small stitches. Your teeth will immediately be noticeably longer afterwards.
After the procedure, the surgical site is secured using a periodontal bandage to help prevent infection. You may be given medication and an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help manage the pain and stave off bacterial infection. Healing time is usually 2-3 months.
Interested in getting your gummy smile corrected at Ranch San Diego Dental? Click here to request an appointment, or call 619-312-6669.