Cincinnati and Blue Ash, Ohio
Though we each have our personal definition of what makes a smile great, a smile will usually be perceived as “gummy” when excessive gum tissue shows. If your smile seems gummy; it is necessary to find out what is causing this. Only then can the proper dental procedures be recommended to provide you with a more natural look of the teeth and gums.
Many problems can be corrected by gum recontouring:
- Gummy smile
- Irregular gum line
- Impression of teeth being too short
- Impression of teeth being unevenly sized
- Impression of crookedness
- Inflammation and puffiness of the gums
- Pain and inflammation caused by rubbing of excess gum tissue
- Premature aging
- The appearance of poor oral hygiene
Causes of a Gummy Smile
There are different causes for a gummy smile, the teeth, the lip or jaw can cause gummy smiles. Each area requires a different approach to solving the problem. However, there are ways that a gummy smile can be corrected.
If your teeth look too short, it could be that too much gum tissue is covering them up. This problem can be solved with laser surgery technique called “crown lengthening,” which involves removing and remodeling the excess tissue to expose the full length of teeth and give you a more beautiful smile.
Teeth that are shorter than normal teeth can be caused by the natural variations in the tooth-eruption process. In that case, your teeth can be made to look longer by covering them with thin porcelain veneers or metal- free crown. If you grind or clench your teeth, it is likely that your teeth will become worn down this problem can be prevented if caught early but also be repaired if it is in the advanced stages and the damage is already done. Worn-down would usually be restored with porcelain crowns or veneers to their natural position as well as find a harmonious position that your teeth, jaw and muscles are most comfortable to prevent this process from reoccurring.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to correcting a gummy smile. There are, however, various techniques that can achieve dramatic improvements. Call for a complimentary laser dentistry consultation with Dr. Stuart Levy today. We are located at 9608 Kenwood Rd in Cincinnati, Ohio and serve patients in Cincinnati, Blue Ash and Sharonville.