If you feel embarrassed about smiling widely or laughing in public because of your gummy smile, don’t let it hold you back a moment longer. Mahnaz Zandi, DDS, MS, at Art of Periodontics in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, is a highly experienced periodontist who can carry out gum contouring surgery to reduce the gumminess of your smile. Call Art of Periodontics today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zandi or book an appointment online.
A gummy smile is one where your gums show between your upper lip and the upper row of teeth to the extent that it makes you feel self-conscious.
The excessive gum tissue visible when you smile could be due to genetics, so it could be something that’s common among members of your family. In some cases, it can be caused by taking certain medications or having particular medical conditions.
A gummy smile isn’t normally a health problem, so it’s nothing to worry about, but many people who have gummy smiles find it difficult to relax in social situations because they’re worried about people seeing their full smile.
Dr. Zandi can fix a gummy smile using a procedure called gum contouring. Gum contouring surgery is an outpatient procedure requiring only a local anesthetic, so you’ll be able to go home afterward.
Lasers, radiosurgery, and incising the tissue with a scalpel are all effective ways of removing the excess tissue that’s causing your gummy smile.
First Dr. Zandi marks the new gum line so you can see the effect of the reshaping process. She gives you a local anesthetic so you won’t be uncomfortable, and then cuts and reshapes the gum.
Depending on the formation of your teeth and gums, Dr. Zandi might also need to remove some bone from around the teeth to get the gumline in the right position.
After the procedure, you need to take it easy for the rest of the day. You can return to work the following day, but it’s important not to try and do too much in the time it takes for your gums to heal, which could be days or possibly weeks.
Before you leave for home, Dr. Zandi gives you all the information you need on how to care for yourself after the procedure, for example how and when to floss and brush your teeth. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers if your mouth feels uncomfortable, and eat soft, cold food for the first few days.
If your gummy smile is affecting your confidence and restricting your enjoyment of life, call Art of Periodontics today, or book an appointment online.