Are you worried about the appearance of your gummy smile? Dr. Bret Dyer of Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology offers the best gummy smile treatment services in Sugar Land TX. Read on to learn more about gummy smiles and how to fix them today.
What is a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile is the appearance of excessive gum tissue above the top of the teeth when a person smiles, laughs, or grins. Gummy smiles have a prevalence of between 10.9% and 29% of the population and affect more females than males. Although it is not a health issue, many patients with gummy smiles say it often makes them feel conscious of themselves and would like to have it fixed. Others say it makes them feel their smile is unattractive.
Your gums are an essential part of your dentition and affect the overall aesthetics of your smile. Fortunately, there are several gummy smile correction options for a lasting fix of those pearly whites!
What Causes Gummy Smiles?
Gummy smiles can develop for many different reasons, including the following:
- A short upper lip that causes overexposure of the gums and teeth
- A hyperactive upper lip that lifts too high when a person smiles
- Teeth that appear too short and showing too much gum tissue, due to improper eruption
- Improper teeth and jawbone development that causes a dental misalignment
- Enlarged gums due to an overgrowth of gum tissue, also known as gingival hypertrophy
Gummy Smile Treatment
The appropriate treatment option for a gummy smile will depend on what is causing it and how severe the case is. The following are the best dental procedures for gummy smile treatment:
Gingivectomy: If your gummy smile is due to overgrowth of gum tissue, your periodontist may recommend this procedure. In a gingivectomy, a periodontist surgically removes portions of gum tissue to expose more of the teeth to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.
Laser Gum Contouring: Laser treatment provides a long-lasting solution for gummy smile correction. In this procedure, a periodontist will first desensitize a patient’s mouth with local anesthesia and then use a laser to remove excess gum tissue. Laser gum contouring is relatively quick and painless, with a high rate of patient satisfaction.
Gummy smile surgery: An oral surgeon performs orthognathic surgery to intrude the maxilla, However, this procedure requires a hospital stay and extensive recovery. As an alternative, Dr. Dyer offers a lip lowering procedure that is minimally invasive surgery and performed in the office.
Contact Dr. Bret Dyer, your Sugar Land dentist, to learn more about the surgical treatment for gummy smiles.
Your Favorite Periodontist in Sugar Land TX
Ready to fix your gummy smile? Dr. Bret Dyer of Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology has extensive experience in gummy smile correction! Dr. Dyer offers free virtual and in-person dental consultations for patients with flexible financing options.
To schedule your free appointment, please contact us online or call us at (281) 957-8820.