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Gummy Smile Surgery



Gummy smile surgery

A gummy smile refers to the facial alteration defined by too much gum tissue showing when smiling. It is also referred as excessive gingival display. Gummy smile is corrected often for esthetic satisfaction.
Studies done to assess smiles showed that subjects rated smiles attractive or normal when two millimeters or less of gum tissue was showing. Participants started noticing the smile to be gummy at around three millimeters or more.
Doctors specializing in cosmetic procedures estimated that about 14% of woman and 7% of men have excessive gingival display.


Gummy Smile Causes

There are many causes of a Gummy Smiles. Some of these include:

  • Excessive gum tissue
  • Teeth those are small in comparison to the gums
  • Disproportionate jaw formation
  • Gums that are long or enlarged (gingival hypertrophy)
  • Excessive bone tissue around the teeth
  • Short upper lip

Gummy Smile Treatment

Gummy Smile treatment method will depend on what’s causing it. Options to treating Gummy Smiles typically include:

  • Gummy Smile Surgery (Gingivectomy)

If the excessive gum tissue is the cause of the Gummy Smile, extra gum tissue can be removed and reshaped to expose more of the teeth..

  • Orthodontic Treatment

Gummy smile may be caused by improperly erupted teeth or jaw growth, and if the excessive gingival display is mild, orthodontic treatment can be an option.

  • Esthetic Crown Lengthening Procedure

Esthetic Crown Lengthening is a procedure for reshaping bone and gum tissue and is a great way to treat teeth when they appear too short, or a gum line that is uneven.


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