A gummy smile occurs when there is an excessive overgrowth of gum tissue over your teeth. This is a frequent occurrence, and contrary to most popular beliefs, it can be corrected.
The Benefits of Gingival Smile Lift
The benefits of gum lifts are astounding. Some of the many noticeable changes you will experience after your gum lift procedure are:
- Longer teeth
- Teeth that are more proportional to each other
- A fully exposed, radiant, and beautiful smile
What is a Gingival Smile Lift
All of us strive to look and feel our very best. A critical part of our overall appearance is our smile – it mirrors our personality and is our own unique calling card.
Your dentist has the ability to offer a wide range of services to enhance your teeth and beautify your smile.
Your gum tissue is like a frame that provides form and shape to the top of your tooth. A less than attractive smile results when the integrity of the gum is compromised or the actual gum between your teeth becomes weak. Usually due to poor hygiene (gum disease), you actually begin to loose gum tissue.
Cosmetic dentistry provides many cosmetic solutions such as composite resin bonding, crowns, and veneers to create a great smile. These solutions are usually part of an overall strategy which may involve cosmetic gum surgery. Used to correct a ‘gummy smile’ (a significant portion of your gum is exposed when you smile), cosmetic gum surgery is the procedure of lengthening your teeth from the neck of the tooth upwards. Your teeth then appear to be longer and much less gum is seen when you smile.
Gingival smile lift, or mucogingival surgery, involves the management of gingival deficits and deformities that may be preventing you from having the smile you always wanted. Among these are:
- A “gummy” smile
- Uneven gum line due to “short” teeth or receding gums (“long” teeth) Lost or “collapsed” gums due to missing teeth
- “Black holes” between your teeth, crowns, bridges, or implants.
- The exposure of un-erupted teeth