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Treatment of Gummy Smile


When you smile and your gums are more visible, it just feels like horrible.  This condition is called as Gummy Smile. An excess of gums visibility that shows up when smiling can affect your self-confidence and discourage you to smile loud I public. Well good news is that this condition is treatable. Consult your dentist for treatment of gummy smile.

What Is a Gummy Smile?


According to an article published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports (IJSCR) describes, a smile with more than 2 millimeters of exposed ( or visible) gums is termed a gummy smile. There are several causes of gummy smile , including:

*Altered eruption of the teeth during childhood
*Downward movement of the upper teeth or excessive growth of the upper jawbone
*Short or overactive upper lip muscles which lift the lip upward

   If you have this condition, rest assured that gummy smiles are quite common to happen. They are found in 10.5% to 29% of the population and are more common in females than males.

Treatments available for Gummy Smiles

Consult your dentist about your condition as only they will be able to diagnose the exact cause of the issue and treat them. Here are three common treatments modalities for Gummy Smile:

* Crown Lengthening:

This procedure involves removing the excessive gum tissue to expose more of the crown of the tooth, as well as sculpting the gumline to make it higher up. This is performed by your dentist only.

The crown lengthening involves two parts of this procedure: 1. Gingivectomy (removal of the excess gum tissue) and 2. Osseous surgery (removal of the excess bone and shaping the jawbone) if necessary. Whether both or one stage is needed to get the best result depends upon how much gum tissue  and  excessive bone us there.
* Botulinum Toxin or Botox Injection:
When you think of Botox injections, you may picture treatment used to smooth lines and wrinkles on the face, but Botox has many other medical applications then wrinkles such as in the treatment of Gummy Smile.


Botox injections can be useful for Gummy Smile cases that involve overactive lip muscles, as an article in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research states. In case of gummy smile, Botox is injected in small doses to limit over-contraction of the upper lip muscles, which can have an effect that is opposite of the desired outcome. This treatment typically lasts for three to six months and must be repeated every six months to one year. Dentists or medical doctor can perform this procedure.


*Orthodontic Treatment or Surgery

If  Gummy Smile is caused by the downward movement of the upper teeth or excessive growth of the upper jawbone, it could be managed by an orthodontist, who specialises in straightening the teeth and jaw. They may use orthodontic appliances to push the teeth upward, or they may work with surgeons to surgically move the teeth upward, if necessary.

Wanna more about gummy smile or treatment connect with us via mail or what’s app on no 9971868248.
Depending on the cause, we will be able to advise you on the most appropriate treatment options.

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