You might know or have met somebody with a “gummy smile” – a person who shows more than two millimeters of gum when they smile. This can be due to a number of reasons. They may just have smaller than average teeth, they may have a shorter or raised upper lip, they may have excessive gum tissue covering part of the tooth or they may have a larger maxilla (the upper jaw bone).

Many people feel fine about having a little more gum in their smile, but in certain cases, people might find it unaesthetic. Depending on the reason for the gummy smile, different treatments exist. Corrective gum surgery is an option for those with extra gum tissue covering up parts of their teeth. If the problem is in the upper jaw bone, surgery may be required.

What to Expect from the Procedure

Corrective gum surgery is performed using modern tools such as lasers and scalpels. A typical surgery begins with the dentist marking where the gum line will be cut. A local anesthetic is applied to the affected area and then the excess tissue is removed and recontoured for an ideal aesthetic outcome.

There are very few risks involved, but like any procedure, it is always good to know what to look out for. In some cases, a relapse of the gum tissue post-surgery is possible, but this is generally considered to be a rare occurrence.

After Surgery

Like any surgery, a corrective gum procedure will take some time to heal. Eating soft foods helps to aid the process of healing. If pain persists, you can take over-the-counter pain medications to help. It can take up to a few weeks to completely heal.

Caring for your gums is crucial post-surgery. Brushing softly and rinsing with salt water can make sure germs and plaque stay away from the healing area.

For more information on improving your gummy smile, contact Scarboro Smiles today.