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Getting Rid of a Gummy Smile

What do you see when you smile? Do you see beautiful teeth, or are they overpowered by a large amount of gum tissue instead? Gummy smiles can come from a variety of things including natural anatomy, excess gingival tissue, or even shortened teeth. Thankfully your dentist has a few things that can help you when it comes to helping your smile look fuller and natural.

Gingival Recontouring

Uneven or irregular gum tissue can make your teeth look shorter or uneven. Using minimally invasive techniques or even soft tissue lasers, your dentist can help create a brand new gumline contour that allows your gum tissue to be shortened. This exposes more tooth enamel so that your smile looks natural without any other type of treatment. 

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is often used in conjunction with other types of therapies such as periodontal procedures, crowns or even veneers. By lengthening the crown, the teeth are fuller and have more surface area exposed instead of being covered by the gum tissues. This process is often used to help restore and improve the health of teeth that have other conditions. 

Oral Surgery

Depending on the extent of your excessive tissue, your gummy smile may be attributed to anatomical structures including the formation of your jaws. A skilled oral surgeon can help you decide how best to address this concern so that when you smile, your lips expose your teeth instead of the tissues above it.

Which option is best for you? During your routine dental exam you can discuss your options with your dentist to find out what type of procedures can naturally enhance your smile and improve your appearance. Schedule your biannual preventive visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

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