Gummy Smile

Gummy Smile Treatment in London

A beautiful smile is one of your most memorable features

A gummy smile or excessive gingival display is said to be a condition in which an individual shows large amount of gum tissue when smiling and has uneven teeth to gum ratio. Though gummy smile may be considered as something normal, many people who have gummy smiles may be more and have a knock on effect on their self-esteem. They often hate their smile and want to change it to enhance their appearance. The good news is that there is actually some treatment that can help fix your gummy smile. Our dentists will not only treat your gummy smile with simple and painless surgery but also surprise you by the beautiful smile you always wanted to have on your face.

Some causes of gummy smile are:

  • Over-developed elevation muscle of upper lip
  • The upper lip and gums are joined very closely
  • Undersized teeth
  • Excessive gum tissue

Possible treatments for gummy smile include:

If you have a gummy smile, it is advisable to visit your dentist for treatment. Your dentist will examine the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums to determine the amount of excessive gingival display and their possible causes. This examination may involve taking digital impressions of your teeth and gums by the dentist. You may also need X-ray imaging for examining the jawbone and tooth carefully.

If you suffer from severe gummy smile, your dentist may refer you to a specialist, such as periodontist, oral surgeon or orthodontist. Depending on your specific condition, the treatment for gummy smile may include:

  • Gum reduction or periodontal surgery
  • Lip repositioning surgery
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Orthognathic surgery

Few questions on gummy smile

What can make a smile appear gummy?

If there are excess of gum tissue covering up the teeth, then it can make a smile look gummy. Another possible reason may be if the teeth are comparatively short, then this may be a natural feature. It may result from the teeth being worn down by grinding or other cause. In some cases, the upper lip is hypermobile, which means it rises very high when you smile. And in exceptional cases, the upper jaw is proportionately too long for the face, which makes teeth and gums extend down very far.

What should you do to improve your smile?

A beautiful smile is one that comes from your heart and shows on your face. For this, you need to treat your teeth, lips and gums so that you can smile with confidence. If you think your smile can be improved, we suggest you to work with our experienced cosmetic dentist and get the smile you’ve always dreamed.

What is the right way to fix this problem?

Well, it actually depends on what causes the smile to look gummy. If there is too much gum tissue, a periodontal procedure known as crown lengthening may be used for removing excess tissue and showing the teeth properly. However, if the teeth are responsible, they can be covered by porcelain veneers. A hypermobile lip may be controlled with Botox injections for the time being or permanently with a small surgery. Jaw problems denote the most complicated situation; however can be treated successfully with jaw-straightening or orthognathic surgery.

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