A gummy smile is often caused by excessive gum tissue extending over the natural tooth or a hyperactive lip muscle. These issues can often be corrected with a minimally invasive procedure in just one to two appointments. However, some types of gummy smile may need to be corrected with jaw surgery. Our Los Angeles periodontist can help you decide which option is best for you.
Jaw surgery is a more extensive procedure but may be needed if you:
- Have an overbite or underbite that is responsible for the gummy appearance
- Have an abnormally proportioned jaw
- Have improperly erupted teeth
We will evaluate your smile and explore all your options. If you are a candidate for jaw surgery, it may be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures, such as orthodontics, to create a more proportionate and attractive smile. Jaw surgery is a more invasive treatment than crown lengthening and other gummy surgery treatments, but these treatments may not be effective if your gummy smile is due to bone abnormalities.
Getting the healthy, attractive smile of your dreams can be a reality with the right treatments. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in gummy smile jaw surgery in Los Angeles.