What is Involved in Gummy Smile Procedure?
Gummy smiles occur when the gums appear prominent when compared with the teeth. This problem can happen for a few reasons. In some cases, the gums appear large because the jaw bone is wider than is typical for most people. This can make the gums appear large. In other cases, the patient has a gummy smile because their lip slides up when they smile or laugh. The gums can even appear prominent because they extend partially over the crowns of the teeth, making the gums appear large and the teeth appear small. If you are unhappy with your gummy smile, you can have a gummy smile procedure performed to make your smile appear more balanced.
Many dentists perform superficial surgeries, such as a gingivectomy or simple lip repositioning, and call it a gummy smile procedure. These procedures do improve the appearance of a gummy smile, but in many cases they are not a permanent fix because over time, the gums grown back over the teeth or the lip reverts to its original position.
Dr. Parsa Zadeh, gummy smile specialist, performs the gummy smile procedure differently. While he may include a gingivectomy or a lip repositioning procedure as part of his treatment plan, he also includes permanent surgical fixes that address the root cause of the problem. For example, if you have a gummy smile because your teeth are small in proportion to your gums, he may reproportion the teeth. Another procedure that may be included in the treatment plan include trimming the jaw bone to make the gums appear shorter. The surgeries that Dr. Zadeh selects depend on the cause of your gummy smile.