By Newmarket Dentistry
April 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gummy Smile  

Gummy SmileIf your gums are more noticeable than your teeth when you smile, you may have excessive or uneven gums. Many people live unhappily with this condition without knowing there is a treatment for it. If you have too much gum tissue, talk to your Newmarket dentist Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok to find out what treatments may be available.

The Cause of a Gummy Smile

There are many causes for the gums to appear more prominently when you smile. For instance, you may just have larger gums due to genetics. Alternatively, you may have a perfectly normal amount of gum tissue, but a thin upper lip shows more of your gum when you smile. A gummy smile may also occur due to the way the jaw bone grows. No matter the reason, a cosmetic dentist may be able to help you achieve a smile you can be confident wearing.

Problems with Excessive Gum Tissue

Not only can excessive gum tissue cause aesthetic problems, it may also impact your overall oral health. When there’s too much tissue, it may make your teeth harder to clean and leave you prone to tooth decay and gingivitis.

Treatment for a Gummy Smile

If you have excessive soft gum tissue, your Newmarket dentist may be able to perform a procedure called a gingivectomy. This procedure trims the gum tissue to offer a more appealing look.

If you are unhappy with the shape of your gums, your dentist may offer you a procedure known as a gingivoplasty. This is most commonly done when the gums are misshapen or have not formed properly.

Both of these procedures can be performed with a scalpel or laser surgery. Talk to your dentist to find out which treatment method they offer. Newmarket Dentistry offers treatment for uneven or misshapen gums in their Ontario office.

If you are unhappy with your smile, schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out if a gingivectomy or gingivoplasty are the right treatment options from your Newmarket dentist Dr. Lee-Shanok.