Gummy smile treatment in Bournemouth

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Exploring Gummy Smile Correction Options

A gummy smile can impact one's confidence and self-esteem. Modern dentistry offers effective solutions to correct the harmonious balance between the teeth and gums.

Understanding the Causes:

Gummy smiles can stem from multiple factors, including:

  1. Excessive Gum Tissue: An overgrowth of gum tissue can result in a gummy smile, making the teeth appear shorter than they actually are.
  2. Hyperactive Upper Lip: Some individuals have a hyperactive upper lip that rises too high when smiling, revealing more of the gums.
  3. Short Teeth: Genetics or wear over time can lead to shorter teeth, contributing to a gummy smile.
  4. Excessive Vertical Growth of the Maxilla: The upper jaw (maxilla) may grow vertically more than normal, causing an imbalance between the teeth and gums.

Gummy Smile Correction Options:

1. Gum Contouring (Gum Reshaping):

  • Procedure: Involves removing excess gum tissue to reveal more of the teeth.
  • Benefits: Quick and straightforward procedure with minimal discomfort.
  • Considerations: Suitable for cases where excess gum tissue is the primary issue.

2. facial aesthetics

  • Procedure: non surgical approaches can be used to weaken the upper lip muscles temporarily to limit its upward movement.
  • Benefits: Non-surgical, temporary solution with results lasting several months.
  • Considerations: Ideal for cases caused by a hyperactive upper lip.

3. Crown Lengthening:

  • Procedure: Involves removing excess gum tissue and, if necessary, adjusting the bone level to expose more of the tooth.
  • Benefits: Addresses both excess gum tissue and short teeth.
  • Considerations: Commonly used for aesthetic and functional reasons.

4. Orthognathic Surgery:

  • Procedure: Surgical repositioning of the upper jaw to correct vertical maxillary excess.
  • Benefits: Addresses severe cases of gummy smiles caused by skeletal issues.
  • Considerations: Involves a more extensive surgical procedure and a longer recovery time.

5. Veneers or Crowns:

  • Procedure: Thin porcelain veneers or crowns can be applied to the teeth to alter their appearance.
  • Benefits: Provides a cosmetic solution for short teeth.
  • Considerations: Doesn't address excess gum tissue but can be combined with other procedures.

6. Lip Repositioning Surgery:

  • Procedure: Surgical adjustment of the upper lip attachment to limit its movement.
  • Benefits: Permanently reduces gum exposure.
  • Considerations: A more invasive option typically reserved for severe cases.

Consultation and Customized Solutions: Determining the most suitable gummy smile correction option requires a thorough examination and consultation with a qualified dentist or oral surgeon. Each case is unique, and a tailored approach ensures optimal results that align with the patient's goals and oral health.

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Bourne Dental: Your Partner in Gummy Smile Correction:

At Bourne Dental, we understand the impact a gummy smile can have on your confidence and can carryout non surgical gummy smile correction or refer you to the best place to perform surgical treatments if required.

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