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Getting Rid of “Gummy” Smiles

Do you have a “gummy” smile that makes you feel self-conscious? When you smile, do you have more gums show than teeth? Gummy smiles are common aesthetic problems that don’t usually impact the health of your teeth, but they do impact the way you feel about your smile. Did you know there were actually treatment methods available to help you rid yourself of a gummy smile once and for all?

Gingival Recontouring

Recontouring of the gum tissue is one of the simplest ways to change the appearance of tooth size and gum appearance. If gums are bulky or uneven, they can be adjusted so that they have a smooth, even appearance. This process also allows additional tooth surfaces to be exposed, making the teeth look larger and fuller. A recontouring procedure can be done surgically or with the use of a soft tissue laser. When lasers are used, the process takes only a few minutes to complete and there is little to no recovery time or discomfort. Contouring is perfect for teeth that look shorter than what they should, or to just generally help them look more even. 

Surgical Therapy

Some people have such advanced anatomical needs that they require surgery to improve the appearance of their mouth. This may involve bone repositioning, reshaping or jaw surgery. Although this is very uncommon, it may be necessary to help some people achieve their aesthetic goals.

Excess gum tissue can be caused by anything from certain types of medication to genetics. Schedule an exam with your cosmetic or surgical dentist to learn more about what options you have to improve your confidence and appearance.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

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