There are multiple reasons to show too much gum. Dr. Morad specializes in identifying which problem is causing the gum to show and recommending the appropriate treatment accordingly.
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Short Teeth or Excessive Gum
The treatment for this condition is gum contouring to a new pleasant shape. A computer model will be designed by Dr. Morad to locate the ideal location of the gum. The procedure is usually 30-60 minutes long and is virtually painless.
Excessively Long Upper Jaw
Sometimes, people show a lot of gum because the upper jaw has overgrown and has become too long. In the past, there was one way to deal with that; a hospital surgery where the surgeon would shave a piece of the jaw bone to make it shorter. Thanks to Dr. Morad’s special training in facial harmony and orthodontics, now she can produce the same results by simply placing little pins under local numbness (just like any filling) and gently remodel the whole upper jaw by moving it up, eliminating all the excessive showing gum as the gum moves up with the jaw.
In some people, the result of showing too much gum is the shortness of the upper lip. In this case, the person will show a lot of teeth even when the lip is relaxed, and he or she will have a hard time putting the lips together. This condition could result in serious gum problem as the gum will dry up and becomes inflamed. The best treatment for this condition is the procedure called lip repositioning. This procedure will change the location of the upper lip’s muscles to a lower position.
Hyperactive Upper Lip
For some people, the upper lip is perfectly normal and in the right position when in a relaxed position, but they show a lot of gum as they smile. This condition is due to very strong muscles of the upper lip resulting in moving the upper lip too far and showing excessive gum. For this condition, Botox treatment is the best course of action as it prevents the muscles from pulling so high up.
Healing will take several days, and we will equip you with the proper tools to maintain your oral health. It is important to keep your mouth clean and eat soft, light foods while your gums heal.
Gum reshaping surgery is not the ONLY OPTION for eliminating a gummy smile! For severe gummy smiles, dentists used to only have one option: surgically removing part of the jaw to elevate the teeth. Rather than perform such a painful, invasive procedure, Dr. Morad is trained in the most advanced method of treating a gummy smile, and we’re proud to make it available in our San Carlos office!
Using the same theory as facial harmony orthodontics, Dr. Morad works with your jawbone to correct your teeth while preserving your bite and the harmony between teeth, jaw, and muscle. Our method of correcting a gummy smile involves a couple of very small pins that under local anesthesia, feel just like when you get a filling. These pins help elevate your jawbone using slight pressure, moving your smile into a perfect position while preserving the integrity of your mouth.
If you are interested in the treatment of gummy smile without painful surgery, call our office today at 650-592-6396, or make an appointment using our online form. We look forward to getting you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted!