Gummy Smile Surgery for Smile Makeover

Gummy Smile Surgery for Smile Makeover

Feb 01, 2023

Dental flaws have a way of negatively affecting your smile and overall appearance. These flaws affect not only how you look but also how you feel about yourself. Most people who have had to live with dental flaws will admit that it is not easy to interact with people they meet daily freely.

This is because their confidence and self-esteem are at an all-time low. However, no one has to put up with dental flaws. Our smile makeover in Terre Haute, IN, is an excellent way to revamp your smile and attain a beautiful and healthy smile.

A smile makeover is a cosmetic dental procedure incorporating more than one dental procedure to ensure that the result is the transformed smile you desire.

One of the common dental issues we can rectify during our smile makeover procedure is a gummy smile. A gummy smile can make your smile look awkward or unappealing, and only some people who have it feel comfortable enough to show it off freely. A gummy smile surgery can be one of the dental procedures combined with other dental procedures, such as teeth whitening, to achieve a flawless smile.

Let’s look at a gummy smile and what a gummy smile surgery will entail.

What Is a Gummy Smile?

A gummy smile, also known as excessive gingival display, is a condition in which an individual’s smile shows or displays more of their gums. This is not ideally a condition that can be quantified as a dire dental issue, but its severity or impact can only be accessed at a personal level.

As an individual, only you can ascertain whether your gummy smile is severe or moderate based on how you feel about it. Some patients who feel like their gummy smiles are unaesthetic may opt to enhance their smile by dealing with this condition.

What Causes a Gummy Smile? 

A gummy smile can be linked to several different factors, such as:

  • Having excessive or overgrown gum tissue
  • A gum infection
  • Taking certain medications
  • Lip differences

How to Rectify a Gummy Smile

There are different treatment procedures available to deal with a gummy smile. Different factors can cause this condition, and the treatment will be based on this.

These treatments are all effective; however, we will focus on the surgical treatment available in our family dentistry in Terre Haute.

Gummy Smile Surgery

Gummy smile surgery is also known as gingivoplasty or simply as gum contouring. This surgical dental procedure is a permanent way of rectifying a gummy smile. It involves reshaping or recon-touring the gum line to make either your teeth look longer or your gums smaller.
Gummy smile surgeries for smile makeovers near you will vary depending on an individual’s condition. Primarily it may involve sculpting the gum tissue. Our dentist will use a local anesthetic to ensure your procedure is painless and comfortable.

Then our dentist may remove or carve out small amounts of gum tissue that look like they are excess. This will help make your teeth look longer, make your smile even, and show less of your gum line. This contouring will transform your smile and give you a reason to be confident and happy about your smile.

The recovery time after the procedure may vary from one patient to the next; however, it should ideally take a few weeks for your gums to heal fully. During the recovery process, you should adhere to the tips our dentist will give you to ensure that your recovery will be fast and free of any complications.

This surgical procedure will yield noticeable results. If your recovery goes smoothly, you will be ready to embark on any other cosmetic dental procedure in your customized smile makeover.

A gummy smile surgery will be performed alongside any other cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding to give you a complete smile makeover.

What Are Some of the Possible Side Effects?

Some side effects may accompany undergoing a gummy smile surgery. These may include dental issues such as:

  • Dental infections due to perhaps poor oral hygiene
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Bleeding from the surgical site
  • Tooth rot
  • Loose teeth
  • Possible tooth loss

If you notice or suspect that you may be experiencing any of these side effects, promptly let our dentist know for immediate medical attention.

Contact us today at Staley Family Dentistry for a gummy smile surgery and your customized smile makeover.

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