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What is a Gummy Smile?

Posted on 2/22/2021 by Arletta, Office Manager
What is a Gummy Smile?When smiling, do you see a large part of your upper gums? If you do, then you probably have what is considered a gummy smile. This condition leads to 4 millimeters of your gum being visible on the front teeth or the entire smile.

Common Causes of a Gummy Smile

Another name for a gummy smile is an “excessive gingival display.” It can be caused by several reasons, including genetics and poor dental care. One of the more common causes of a gummy smile is too much gum tissue above the teeth. People born with thick gums can undergo surgery to fold back the gum tissue and reduce its size and appearance.

Another genetic cause is a hyperactive upper lip, whereby the muscles above the lip lift your smile too high and reveal too much gum tissue. Dental research also shows that when permanent teeth erupt the wrong way during childhood, sometimes the gum tissue might overgrow and cover most of the crown.

Poor dental hygiene can lead to plaque build-up around the gums, which can cause periodontitis. One of the symptoms of this condition is inflammatory gums that leave your smile with a gummy look.

Ways to Correct a Gummy Smile

If you want to fix your gummy smile, we offer a few dental procedures at our clinic. Gummy smiles that are severe may need procedures like scaling and root planing to remove bacteria.

Crown lengthening is another common treatment of an excessive gum display. It involves surgically pushing back the gum to expose more of the crown of the tooth. This way, only the teeth are visible when you smile instead of the gums.

The causes of a gummy smile often determine the treatment method that we will use to correct it. See us at our clinic if you want to get that beautiful smile. We offer consultations and corrective dental surgery to help restore your smile.

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620 Shrewsbury Ave Suite B
Tinton Falls, NJ 07701

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