Gummy Smile Treatment in NYC, Long Island, and NJ
A gummy smile, also referred to as excessive gingival display, is when the gum tissue is easily visible above the top teeth when you smile. We understand that having a gummy smile can make you very self-conscious and cause you to hide your smile. We offer treatment options that will give you your confidence back.
Causes Of A Gummy Smile
There are several causes that contribute to developing a gummy smile. Some of the common causes include:
- Having hyperactive muscles that are responsible for the movement of the upper lip. This can cause the upper lip to stretch farther up than normal when smiling or talking, displaying more gum.
- Improper development of the upper jaw can cause more gum to be shown. This may be because the jaw may bulge out a bit more than usual.
- Abnormal eruption of teeth can cause the teeth to look short. They may appear to be short, even though they are the actual length but covered by gum.
Regardless of the cause, you do not have to live with a gummy smile. Let us work together with your dentist to determine the underlying cause and the proper treatment plan.
Treatment Options For A Gummy Smile
Gummy smiles can be treated through a number of ways. In order to decide which treatment option is best, our specialists will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums to determine the cause of the gingival display. Gum treatment options include traditional gum surgery (osseous surgery) and laser gum treatment, such as LANAP/LAPIP. Traditional gum surgery is the most common procedure for periodontal issues, however, with advances in technology, new and innovative procedures are used routinely. Laser gum procedures use laser technology to remove the infected gum tissue, while gum surgery uses scalpels to cut and remove the infected tissue.
Osseous Surgery (Traditional Gum Surgery)
Osseous surgery, also known as traditional gum surgery, is a procedure that involves the use of a scalpel and general aesthetic must be taken. It is often the first step in treating periodontal disease. It is a traditional procedure that eliminates gum pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and diseased bone. Reducing the depth of the gum pocket and removing the harmful bacteria is essential for reducing the decay or prevent further damage. Unfortunately, this procedure can ruin healthy gum tissue and does require sutures.
LANAP/LAPIP (Laser Gum Treatment)
LANAP/LAPIP is a less invasive procedure compared to traditional gum surgery. The procedure utilizes laser technology to gently reshapes the gum tissue and lengthens the crown. It is a comfortable procedure and the results are immediate. The LANAP procedure removes the bacteria infected gum tissue and reattaches healthy tissue to the root of the tooth; this seals off pockets and gaps where bacteria normally hides and manifests. The result is healthier gums which promotes long term maintenance and decreases the progression of periodontal disease. View this page to learn more about the advantages of laser gum treatment.
If you are looking to correct your gummy smile and are unsure of you treatment options, consult with one of our periodontists and call (877) 316-4330.