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Tired of Your Gummy Smile?

Posted in Gum Disease

Do you see more pink than white when you smile in the mirror?
It’s fairly common to have teeth that look small in comparison with the shape of your gums.

Happily, there are ways to correct this!

Gummy Smiles: Why They Happen

One reason could simply be due to the shape of your mouth – a part of your genetics!

Certain medications like immunosuppressants and anti-epileptic medication can actually cause excessive gum growth as a side-effect.

Even the way your lips are attached to the front of your mouth affects how much of your gums are showing.

How to Correct a Gummy Smile

A very common procedure called “crown lengthening” or “gum reshaping” could be just what you need.

This procedure involves making crowns of your teeth longer. No, you can’t stretch out a tooth, but you can reduce the amount of gum tissue around the tooth.

Crown lengthening is quite often done with a laser. Excess tissue is carefully trimmed away with minimal discomfort. Healing occurs very quickly. A small bit of cosmetic gum recontouring could give your smile a complete makeover!

Is Gum Recontouring Right for You?

Gum reshaping is probably not going to be a permanent solution if your gums are growing as a result of medication use. Talk with your doctor to see if your prescription can be adjusted or changed.

It’s a good idea to correct a gummy smile, and not just for cosmetic reasons. Excess gum tissue creates deeper pockets around teeth which harbor bacteria, increasing your risk of developing gum disease.

Visit your dentist for a consultation to address any excessive tissue visibility. A healthy and more beautiful smile is closer than you may realize!

Posted on behalf of:
Ora Dentistry
2733 Elk Grove Blvd #180
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 975-1000

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