A smile is a sign of confidence. But when you have gums so large that they overpower your smile, it can be embarrassing to show it off. Luckily for you, at Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology, we have just the solution to fix a gummy smile!
What Is a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile is simply when our gums overwhelm our teeth. It can occur when there is too much gum tissue growing over your teeth, giving your teeth a short appearance. Other causes of a gummy smile include having a short upper lip, teeth that haven’t erupted from gum tissue properly, and upper jaw overgrowth.
How Can I Fix My Gummy Smile?
Here at Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology, we have a solution for those with gummy smiles: a gum lift (also known as crown lengthening) procedure. During this treatment, we remove the excess gum tissue and reshape your gums to give them a beautiful, balanced appearance. This treatment is also ideal for those who have uneven gum length that makes their straight teeth look crooked.
Is It Painful?
Good news for those with dental anxiety: gum lifts aren’t painful! Performed with just a soft tissue laser, you won’t be in excruciating pain or even bleed much during a gum lift.
The procedure takes under an hour, and all you’ll need is a local anesthetic to numb the area. You can always opt for sedation if you need something more heavy duty for dental anxiety. You may experience a little pain once the procedure is over, but you shouldn’t expect much down time after that!
If you’re unsatisfied with your smile in any way, reach out to us at Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology. We’re here to help you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile you could ever imagine! Contact us to set up a consultation!