Gummy Smile Treatment in San Antonio TX
When too much of your gums show when you smile, it is referred to as a gummy smile or excessive gingival display. There are many reasons for a gummy smile, including the length of the upper lip, the way your teeth grow, excess tissue growth, genetics, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene. A normal smile shows 1 to 2 millimeters of gum tissue. If 3-4 millimeters or more of the gumline shows, most dental professionals consider it a gummy smile.
Although a gummy smile is not usually a medical concern, it can dramatically impact how you see yourself. Many individuals are self-conscious about how their teeth and gums look and seek gummy smile treatment to improve their appearance and boost their confidence. Treatment options are available, but it is essential to work with a trusted dentist or periodontist with experience in cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Hachem is a board-certified periodontist with years of experience in gummy smile treatment.
Gummy Smile Treatment Options
There are three possible ways to treat a gummy smile: orthodontic treatment, Botox injections, or a gingivectomy/crown lengthening. Each method addresses the issue of too much-exposed gum tissue in a different way. Botox injections are a temporary solution that must be repeated every three months, making it impractical for most people.
Orthodontic treatment can be effective if the gummy smile results from misaligned teeth or a bite issue. The gumline is less obvious after the teeth and jaw are properly aligned. Some people with an overbite can get braces or Invisalign to bring their teeth into the proper position and reduce the amount of exposed gum tissue.
Gingivectomy and Crown Lengthening are surgical procedures to remove excess or diseased gum tissue and expose more of the tooth. These procedures are performed under local anesthesia and can be performed with a scalpel or laser surgical techniques. Recovery takes about 1-4 weeks, and the results are permanent. Advantages of a gingivectomy or crown lengthening include:
- Improving the ratio of teeth to gums
- Reducing harmful bacteria that can lead to gum inflammation
- Easier, more effective brushing and flossing
- Healthier teeth and gums
- A more attractive smile
Consultation and Gummy Smile Treatment at Orbis Dental Group
A gummy smile can impact your confidence and self-esteem, but effective treatment options are available. A consultation with Dr. Hachem and/or Dr. Lee is the first step toward a beautiful, balanced smile. During your consultation, you can discuss your concerns and get answers to your questions. Dr. Hachem and Dr. Lee will perform a complete dental exam, including 3D imaging and X-rays, to determine the best option for treating your gummy smile. A complete evaluation is crucial to understanding the root causes of your gummy smile and the best treatment method.
A gummy smile can often be treated successfully with a gingivectomy or crown lengthening. It is essential to put these procedures in the hands of a qualified periodontist who understands the health and aesthetic impact of these treatments and delivers optimal results. At Orbis Dental Group, we improve patient smiles using the latest innovations in crown lengthening, gingivectomy, and clear aligners for treating a gummy smile.
Gummy Smile Frequently Asked Questions
What treatment for a gummy smile is most effective?
It depends on the cause. If it is a purely cosmetic issue (not due to a misalignment of the teeth or jaw), crown lengthening is often the most effective treatment.
How long does it take to recover from a gingivectomy or crown lengthening?
A week of recovery time is sufficient if a gingivectomy is performed without removing any bone. If the bone is removed for crown lengthening, you can resume normal activities within a week, but full healing of the bone can take 3-4 months.
Are the results of crown lengthening permanent?
Yes. Crown lengthening and gingivectomy results should last a lifetime with proper care, including regular brushing, flossing, and yearly dental cleanings.
How long does a gingivectomy or crown lengthening procedure take?
In most cases, a gingivectomy takes 30-60 minutes. Due to the need to surgically remove some bone, crown lengthening takes a bit more time.
When does a gummy smile need treatment?
Any time a gummy smile is the result of periodontal disease; it must be treated to restore good oral health and prevent the recurrence of any infection. It is optional for patients who are self-conscious about their smile but do not have any oral health issues. Dr. Hachem or Dr. Lee can evaluate your teeth and gums to determine whether your smile is within the normal range for gum-to-teeth ratios.
Does insurance cover gummy smile treatments?
It depends. If the procedure is medically necessary, as with periodontal disease, it may be covered partially or fully. It is not covered if a crown lengthening or other treatment is for purely aesthetic reasons. Orbis Dental Group offers a VIP dental plan to make treatment more affordable for our patients, including a reduced cost for cosmetic procedures. Please get in touch with our office at Orbis Dental Group Phone Number (210) 496-1919 to learn more.
Regain Your Confidence with Gummy Smile Treatment at Orbis Dental Group
Explore effective gummy smile treatment options at Orbis Dental Group, where our experienced periodontist Dr. Hachem offers expertly performed gingivectomy or crown lengthening procedures for a more confident smile and healthier teeth and gums.