Do you feel like you are showing “too much” of your gums when you smile? A gummy smile — known in dental terms as an excessive gingival display — can make you feel embarrassed to smile. However, thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, there is a wider range of treatment options available to fix a gummy smile. Dr. Mark Sowell at Sensational Smiles in Plano, TX provides gummy smile treatments to patients to help them achieve their cosmetic dentistry goals.
What Causes A Gummy Smile?
There are several reasons why you may have excess gum showing:
- Incorrect jaw bone alignment: The jaw may extend further than it should, making your gums appear longer.
- Upper lip muscles: Your upper lip muscles may be overactive, pulling your lip up too high when you smile and showing more of your gums underneath.
- Abnormal tooth development: Your teeth may not have grown out beyond your gums as far as they are supposed to.
How to Treat A Gummy Smile
Because there are many reasons for why someone may have a gummy smile, there are several different treatments available for gummy smile treatment:
- Crown Lengthening: This procedure involves the removal of gum tissue and bone to allow the gums to pull back to the appropriate position and reveal more of the tooth structure. This treatment may also be used when the teeth are not fully erupted.
- Laser Gum Contouring: This procedure uses cutting edge laser technology to effectively remove excess gum tissue. Patients can obtain their ideal smile with minimal bleeding, faster healing, and natural looking results.
- Gum Lift: A gum lift, also called a gingivectomy, is a common cosmetic procedure performed to reduce excess gum tissue. In this treatment, Dr. Sowell uses advanced dental lasers to gently remove excess gum tissue and reshape the gum line to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Plano, TX Cosmetic Dentistry
Determining the right treatment for you depends on an accurate diagnosis based on an individual evaluation of your smile. Schedule your complimentary consultation online or call our office at (972) 382-6855 to start restoring balance to your smile.