What You Can Do about Gummy Teeth

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Do you reveal more than the usual amount of gum tissue when you smile? You may suffer from what’s considered a gummy smile. A gummy smile can be due to a hypermobile lip, abnormal eruption, jaw abnormalities or an overgrowth of gum tissue. While these problems are not necessarily dangerous for your dental health, they can affect your overall confidence. Our Periodontist in Los Angeles can help, as we offer treatments that can correct your gummy smile and give you the look you want.

Gummy smile surgery can permanently change the look of your smile. We carefully evaluate your teeth, gums, bone structure and even facial features to determine the most attractive tooth-to-gum ratio. We will then design a treatment plan that addresses the root cause of your gummy smile and create a smile that is more flattering to you. This may include one or more procedures based on your needs.

If you are unhappy with the gummy look of your smile, you have options. Lip lowering surgery, jaw surgery, crown lengthening and other procedures can eliminate the look of extra tissue to help make your teeth look longer and more proportionate. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in gummy teeth in Los Angeles.

Surgery for Improving the Appearance of Gummy Smiles

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Some smiles are overshadowed by gum tissue. If your smile is one of them, you should know that you have options. One of these is gum lift surgery. A gum lift is a surgical procedure offered by our Los Angeles periodontist that removes the excess tissue around the teeth to expose more of the natural crown of the teeth.

During a gum lift, the tissues will be numbed to ensure comfort. The extra tissues will be gently lifted away from the teeth and trimmed. In some patients, bone tissue will also need to be addressed and trimmed or shaped for a more contoured look. Sutures may be placed to protect the incisions and help them heal.

After your treatment, your smile will be visibly different. More of your teeth will show, and you will see less unsightly gum tissue covering them. You may need to eat soft foods for a few days, and good dental hygiene will help reduce the risk of complications. Most people heal quickly and without any problems. Continued good dental hygiene and a balanced diet will ensure your gums stay healthy throughout and after the healing process. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in gum lift surgery in Los Angeles.

Jaw Surgery for Improving Gummy Smiles

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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.