What is a Gummy Smile?
All of us have gums which are known to surround the teeth and bone protecting them from various injuries. Normally, gums are present covering only the root portion of your teeth. But when they start drooping over the visible part of your teeth, your gums will be seen when you smile. This is why we call it ‘gummy smile’.
As the gums droop over the teeth, it provides the impression of smaller-than-normal teeth.
What are the causes for a gummy smile?
- Improper teeth eruption
- Short upper lip
- Genetic causes
- Hyperactive upper lip
- Teeth which is smaller compared to gums
- Sickness and trauma are all possible reasons.
What are the ways to correct the gummy smile?
- Orthodontic correction
- Veneers or crowns
- Crown- lengthening
- Lip surgery
Selection of the gummy smile treatment depends on the severity of your gummy smile and the reason behind its occurrence and sometimes what your dentist feels is best suited for you.
What is the cost of correcting a gummy smile?
The treatment cost depends on various factors like:
- Severity of the gummy smile.
- The procedure which you choose.
- The number of teeth affected.
- The tissue type you have.
What is the best way to get rid of a gummy smile?
Although we have a wide range of treatment scope for gummy smile, gingivoplasty is one of the most effective ways for gummy smile reduction.
What is gingivoplasty?
The surgical reshaping of gum tissue around the teeth is known as gingivoplasty. It is frequently performed for improving the appearance of the gums.
What is done in gingivoplasty?
- Gingivoplasty treatment entails a thorough cleaning of your teeth to remove any leftover plaque.
- Dentists numb the gums with a local anesthetic.
- The dentist will remove gum tissue and reshape it over your teeth as needed.
- The gum tissue will be covered with a dressing by the dentist.
Do gums regrow after a gingivoplasty procedure?
Your dentist will sculpt your gums usually with the use of LASER which will prevent regrowth of gum tissue.
Is gingivoplasty painful?
- You may not feel pain right after, but the pain may become more intense or persistent when the numbing wears off a few hours after the treatment.
- Dentists may prescribe antibiotics and analgesics.
- For a few hours, your gums will most likely bleed a little.
After gingivoplasty, what should you do?
- To avoid infection after surgery, your dentist will typically recommend antiseptic mouthwash use after one week of the procedure.
- Tobacco products should be avoided because they can impede healing.
- To lessen the chance of gum injury and pain, your dentist will suggest some dietary adjustments.
This includes the following:
- Soft foods are preferred.
- Avoid crunchy foods that can harm your gums.
How long does gingivoplasty take to heal?
Your gums may take a week to fully heal after a gummy smile correction.
Other methods to correct gummy smile :
Braces treatment also helps to get rid of gummy smiles but it takes time to correct the gummy smile and sometimes it involves surgery. It is mostly preferred in severe gummy smile cases.
Veneers or crowns :
Your dentist reduces the minimal amount of your tooth structure for placement of a laminate over your teeth. While doing this, your dentist will increase the visible part of your teeth and give a laminate over it. This has two advantages, one it corrects your gums and another to have a better shade and function of your teeth if needed.
Dentists use local anesthesia to numb the teeth and gums. Crown lengthening surgery involves the removal of gum tissue and bone and then reshaping them to the required position and shape.
Repositioning of lip surgery is performed under local anesthesia to reduce gummy smile in case short upper lip.
This is a cosmetic procedure done for the treatment of gummy smiles in case of hyperactive lips. Botulinum toxin is injected between the upper lip and gum for a better smile.
In this blog, we have seen various ways to reduce gummy smile reduction. Gingivoplasty is the most common way of treating gummy smile and is one the most effective and easiest way. But your dentist will help you decide on what kind of procedure you choose based on your condition.
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