Is your smile too “gummy”? Do you feel your teeth are too small? If you are self-conscious about your smile because your excess gum tissue is making your teeth look too short, you should consider talking to Dr. Caracioni about having a gum lift.
What Causes a Gummy Smile?
Excess gum tissue is usually the result of genetics, but other factors contribute to a gummy appearance, too. These factors include:
- Abnormal tooth eruption. When teeth do not grow in proportion with other teeth, they can appear shorter, which makes gum tissue look longer.
- Excessive tooth wear. If teeth experience excess wear and tear, they can become shorter. When teeth become shorter, it will also make gum tissue appear longer. Also, gum tissue can physically grow longer to make up for wear and tear on the teeth.
- Problems with jaw development. If the jaw does not develop correctly, individuals may be left with the appearance of a gummy smile.
- Gum disease. Individuals with gum disease can also benefit from the gum-lift procedure. In this instance, it is used to remove damaged tissue. Signs of gum disease include red, swollen gums; pain in the gums; bad breath; and bleeding gums.
How Can a Gum Lift Improve My Gummy Smile?
A gum lift improves the appearance of your gummy smile by removing excess gum tissue to expose more of your teeth and give your smile a more uniform and appealing look.
How Is a Gum Lift Performed?
Gum lifts can be performed using conventional surgical methods, but Dr. Caracioni offers patients a gentler alternative that uses a soft-tissue laser. The benefits of using a laser include reduced pain, no stitches and a more consistent result. Recovery from the laser procedure is much faster and less painful than the surgical gum lift. Using a laser also means less risk of complications compared to surgery. These are all benefits that will give you something to smile about!
Want to find out if you are a good candidate for laser gum treatment? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Caracioni today by calling 785-783-0741.