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Feb
13

I have a “Gummy” Smile, What Can Be Done?

One of the more popular cosmetic dentistry procedures being done by cosmetic dentists is the correction of the “Gummy” smile.  This is a cosmetic condition that occurs when a patient’s gums cover their teeth disproportionately, making the patient’s teeth to appear shorter than normal.  The result is a smile where the gums are more visible than the patient’s teeth.  While strictly a cosmetic condition, many patients are self conscious of the appearance of their smile, which ultimately impact’s a patient’s self esteem.

The correction of a “gummy” smile is a pretty straightforward procedure for an experienced cosmetic dentist.  In most cases either a simple gum lift or gum recontouring will deliver the desired results, while in other cases a gum lift is used, in conjunction with dental veneers, to make the patient’s teeth appear longer.  In a gum lift the dentist removes part of the gum tissue using a laser, while still leaving an appropriate amount of tissue to support the patient’s teeth.

The amount of tissue to be removed varies from patient to patient and also depends on the gum structure of the individual patient as well. If the gum lift results do not completely eliminate the “gummy” smile, the dentist will also recommend that the patient receive dental veneers, which are placed on the main teeth found in the patient’s smile.  This complements the gum lift, by lengthening the patient’s front teeth, further reducing the appearance of a “gummy” smile.  One thing is for sure; the results of the procedures are dramatic!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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