Some patients smile and show an excessive amount of gum tissue. This is called a gummy smile and may be due to one more of the following problems:
Before treatment it is critical to properly evaluate the problem and get an accurate diagnosis. Some gummy smiles can be corrected with a tooth elongation surgery to remove excess gum and bone. If, however, the excess gum display is compounded by a hyper-mobile lip, or is due to a skeletal problem called “maxillary vertical excess”, then tooth elongation alone may be insufficient to properly treat the gummy smile.
When Erin came into the practice she was ready to change her smile. She wanted whiter, larger and more attractive teeth and wanted to show less gum.
Cosmetic gum surgery reduced the amount of gum that shows. Her restorative dentist then placed porcelain veneers. Erin now loves her smile. Life is just too short not to smile.
Becky presented to the office unhappy with her gummy smile and the look of her teeth. She reported that every time she brushed her teeth there was profuse bleeding.
You can see the inflamed tissues and the excessive amount of gum tissue in the first picture.
Her treatment plan included crown elongation surgery and porcelain crowns and veneers. This photo was taken several weeks after the tooth elongation procedure.
Read more about crown elongation surgery.
This is the final photo showing her smile after all the work has been completed. Becky is thrilled with the result, and her gums are now healthy and no longer bleed.