As part of a Smile Makeover, we often perform our GumTuk™ procedure to eliminate the appearance of a “Gummy Smile.”
Beautiful result of a GumTuk™ and crown lengthening.
What is a Gummy Smile?
The aesthetically ideal smile has the upper lip line laying almost exactly across the top of the upper teeth. In other words, very little of the gum tissue is visible even when you smile broadly. Many people are self-concious about this aspect of their smile.
The treatment of a gummy smile, what we call a GumTuk™, is the process by which Dr. Davis removes excess gum tissue that causes your teeth to look too short and boxy. We use a Diode Laser which gently and permanently removes the excess gum tissue that is hiding the top of the teeth. In addition, many cases need to have aesthetic crown lengthening, which is a minimally invasive microsurgery, with no visible stitches or down-time.
Finally, some of our guests have a naturally over-active upper lip that moves up too high when they smile. This exposes the gum tissue to view and is often not considered optimal. Using a simple Lip Tack procedure, we can reduce the amount that the upper lip moves to create a beautiful smile line. Guests who have had this procedure have loved their results!
What Causes a Gummy Smile?
There are many things that may cause someone to require a gingivectomy. Some of these include:
- Excessive gum tissue
- Disproportionate jaw formation
- Excessive bone tissue around the teeth
- Short upper lip
Am I A Candidate For The GumTuk™ Procedure?
When you smile, if you feel the appearance of your teeth is overshadowed by excessive gum exposure, then you could benefit from a reduction of those gums or extension of your visible teeth. For some people, this can be due to your teeth appearing too short, even though they are more likely simply covered by excessive gum tissue. Or your teeth may have shortened due to grinding. For others, it’s not a case of excess gum tissue; it’s a case of the muscle that controls your upper lip being hyperactive and causing your lip to rise up higher than normal.
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Types of gummy smile treatment at smile texas
At Smile Texas, we can correct gummy smiles due to excess gum tissue, gummy smiles that need the teeth to be somewhat longer, and gummy smiles due to hyperactive upper lip muscles. The best course of treatment will vary for each patient. Dr. Davis will discuss which treatment will be best for you during your consultation. At Smile Texas, we offer the following treatment options
- Diode laser treatment
- Aesthetic crown lengthening
- Lip tack procedure
Diode Laser Treatment
After we ascertain that the problem is the amount of gum tissue visible, we can reduce it with a diode laser. We plan out a line across your teeth where we feel the final gumline should be. After anesthetizing the gums and surrounding area, the diode then removes the excess gum tissue, instantly cauterizing and closing the incisions at the same time. Drs. Kline and Davis often perform the procedure in conjunction with all-porcelain veneers. Results are amazing and will eliminate the look of a gummy smile.
Aesthetic Crown Lengthening
If your teeth are too short from genetics or tooth wear, we perform aesthetic crown lengthening. This is a gentle surgical approach to remove excess gum tissue and set the stage for a beautiful new smile using all-porcelain veneers. These add length to your teeth, making them more proportionate to the gums. For aesthetic crown lengthening, there may also be some gum removal as discussed above.
Lip Tack Procedure
If your upper lip is to blame for your gum exposure, we perform a simple procedure known as a lip tack. After local anesthetic is administered, a set of small incisions is made in the existing tissue that connects your lip to your gums. These incisions are made entirely inside the mouth in the gums and upper lip. This is a fast, effective procedure and has little post-procedure discomfort. The result is an upper lip that sits lower on the upper teeth, covering the gums to a normal degree.
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Are There Risks to a GumTuk™ Procedure?
These procedures have little risk. The diode laser creates a clean incision that is instantly closed. It is more sanitary than using a scalpel to cut the gums, and healing is much easier and faster. Applying porcelain veneers has little if any risk at all. Releasing an overactive upper lip muscle has a slight risk of infection, as does any surgical procedure, but this is very low.
What Are The Results Of A GumTuk™ Treatment?
No matter the approach Drs. Kline and Davis use to address your gummy smile, your results will be beautiful. Your smile is considered to be “gummy” if 4mm or more of gum tissue is visible when you smile. Our goal is to reduce that exposed gum area to 1-2mm. You’ll feel more comfortable and confident in your smile after these treatments.
Why Choose Smile Texas
Patients choose Smile Texas because experience matters. Smile Texas has completed thousands of Smile Makeovers that include gummy smile treatment! Patients from all over Houston, Texas, the United States and the world come to Smile Texas for their Smile Makeovers. Our experience means less hassle for you. In other words, we’ll transform your smile correctly the first time and make you look and feel more attractive without any heartache. For guests on a tight schedule, we can complete a smile makeover in as little as 1 week!