Do you feel the appearance of your upper teeth is overshadowed by excessive gum tissue? Is your upper teeth appear too short compared to the amount of gingival tissue displayed when you smile? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you may have a condition that is commonly called a “gummy smile” or excessive gingival display.

At D&D Periodontal Implant Surgery Center of NYC we use gum recontouring and crown lengthening procedure to correct a gummy smile or gingival excess; if excess tissue ranges from 2 mm to 4 mm, crown lengthening alone may be the solution. Daniel Royzman and Dr. Daria Royzman are internationally recognized Board Certified NYC Periodontists. We offer best periodontal and dental implants procedures using the latest equipment available in USA.

What is Gummy Smile?

gummy smile surgeryWhen you smile do you notice you show more gum tissue than you’d prefer? Does it appear as if your upper teeth are too short in comparison to the amount of gum tissue shown when smiling? If the answer is yes then you may have what’s called a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile can negatively affect the appearance of your teeth but is generally easily corrected.

Gummy Smile Causes

A gummy smile can be caused by several different things which include:

  • It’s possible the excess of gum tissue may be caused by your upper teeth having interrupted abnormally. In this case teeth will appear too short because they are covered up by excess gum tissue. If they were to be uncovered then they may actually be the correct length.
  • The muscles controlling the movement of your upper lip may be hyperactive which would cause your upper lip to be pulled back further than is necessary. When this occurs more of your gum tissue will be exposed although your teeth may already be the correct length.
  • Sometimes the upper jaw will fail to develop correctly, giving the appearance of a gummy smile. This might be the case if there is an excessive protrusion or bulge in the upper jaw underneath the gum tissue.

Identifying possible cause
If you think your smile is too gummy, book an appointment with our periodontist in NYC to discover your treatment options. An examination will be necessary to determine the extent of the excessive gum tissue and its possible cause.

During this examination we may need to take dental x-rays and possibly impressions of your teeth and gums which will be used to diagnose the problem and to plan your treatment.

Crown Lengthening Procedure
The good news is that a periodontist is the best person to see for this type of procedure. Quite often it’s impossible to remove minor amounts of gum tissue very quickly using a crown lengthening procedure that exposes the tooth currently hidden by the gum tissue.

Re-sculpt the gum tissue
We can also surgically re-sculpt the gum tissues and the underlying bone to create more pleasing contours and a naturally appealing smile. The final result should be a more even gum line that exposes the correct amount of tooth structure whenever you smile or laugh.

For more information about Gummy Smile correction procedure talk to our top periodontists, best specialists Dr. Daniel Royzman and Dr. Daria Royzman or contact our Manhattan, NYC center:

D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C.
57 W 57th St #605
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 759-7763