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How to Treat a Gummy Smile

A gummy smile occurs when excessive gum tissue makes your teeth look shorter than they are. Addressing a gummy smile can improve the smile’s aesthetics, creating a more even gum line and a balanced smile. Gum contouring treatment for a gummy smile is part of our cosmetic dentistry services in our East Cobb, GA, dental office. If you want to change the look of your smile, we’re here to help.

How to Treat a Gummy Smile

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

There are multiple causes of gummy smiles, including: 

  • Genetics: Most patients may have a gummy smile due to genetics. Additionally, patients can have small teeth that contribute to the appearance of their gums.
  • Tooth Eruption: If the permanent teeth (the teeth that emerge after you lose your baby teeth) do not emerge properly, it can cause altered passive eruption (APE). The gum line can fail to recede as the adult teeth emerge due to APE.
  • Hormones: Sometimes, hormones associated with puberty or pregnancy can contribute to gummy smiles or gingival enlargement.
  • Jaw Development: The jaw’s development can impact the gums’ appearance. Problems like an overbite can make the gums appear more prominent. 
  • Teeth grinding: In severe cases of bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, it can wear down the natural tooth enamel.
  • Medications: Some medications, including immunosuppressants, can cause gum overgrowth.

If you want to change the look of your smile, we can help remove excess gum tissue and contour the gums to create a natural look. After you schedule a consultation with us, we will examine your smile and ensure that you are in good oral health before treatment. 

How to Treat a Gummy Smile in East Cobb

A gummy smile will not improve on its own. We offer gum contouring treatment in our office for patients with a gummy smile. During a gum contouring treatment, we numb the mouth, surgically remove the excess gum tissue, and then apply a dressing.

It can take multiple days or weeks to heal from gum contouring treatment. Directly following your treatment, you can take pain medication as you can experience gum soreness. Stick to a soft diet several days after treatment. We recommend eating foods like yogurt, pasta, and other easy-to-eat foods. Gently brush and floss, and avoid hard-bristled brushes or abrasive toothpaste.

You will see immediate results from your gum contouring treatment, and once you fully heal, you can enjoy a more even and balanced look.

Do you want to address your gummy smile? Call Sea of Pearls Dental Boutique 470.616.2716. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Daniela Lemoine online. If you have any questions about gum contouring, please let us know. We will work with you to ensure your comfort during and after treatment.