Fixing Your “Gummy” Smile

How much gum is too much gum?

It’s a strange question, but if you’ve got what’s known as a “gummy” smile, then you probably already know the answer: Your gums are too much for your smile to handle, it seems, and you can’t remember a time when that wasn’t the case.

From a dentist’s point of view, a gummy smile is in the eye of the beholder. There are so many variables to consider when making an official diagnosis, and there is nothing inherently wrong about having more gum tissue than most people. However, if you’ve grown up being called names and made fun of just because your smile was a little different than everyone else’s, then that’s the only diagnosis that matters to you.

A gummy smile isn’t just a magnet for bullies or an albatross around your self-confidence; it’s also a potentially dangerous condition that can invite a number of destructive problems into your smile because it can be difficult to clean (depending on how much extra tissue you have).

Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you when you first meet them, but in your case, the first thing they notice isn’t your teeth, but those gums. It’s easy to forget just how important a smooth, even gum line is to the appearance of a smile – unless you have an irregularly shaped gum line, in which case, you couldn’t forget it even if you tried.

If you are tired of that gummy smile of yours, and want to experience life with an orderly, conventionally attractive smile, then you could greatly benefit from a laser gum-recontouring procedure.


Faster Healing, Better Smiles

Before I go any further, you should know that there are different causes of a gummy smile. In most cases, I can treat you with a carefully calibrated laser-diode system that will accurately “burn away” excessive gum tissues.

Yet in some cases, it’s that there’s any extra gums; rather, the upper lip is hyperactive, meaning that the muscles in the upper lip raise higher than normal whenever you smile.

That’s why I will have to examine your gum line in my Eugene, OR office in order to make sure that you can benefit from this miraculous dental technology.

If I have determined that you could benefit from this treatment, then it will only take one session of treatment in order to perform the necessary work to get your gums in literal working order!

Not all Eugene dentists are trained in the art of laser dentistry. It takes years of extra practice and continuing education, and as far as that goes I have paid my dues and then some.

You see, most dentists will use a scalpel or other bladed instrument to reshape your gum line. Pardon the pun, but in my opinion, those outdated tools don’t cut it anymore, mainly because they cut too much: Bladed instruments wind up cutting too much of the normal tissue that you want to keep, which can make it harder to recover from and puts your smile at a greater risk of infection.

Not so with my laser-based treatment. By fine-tuning the diode, I can make sure that the tissue we remove is the tissue you want removed. This, coupled with the fact that a laser beam is far less damaging to your gums than a scalpel, and your healing times will be drastically reduced.

After a few weeks to a month (maybe more) of healing, your smile will be as perfect and as straight as you’ve wanted it to be, so you can finally show off those healthy teeth that have always played second fiddle to your gums!


Accept The Promise Of A Better Smile

The only way to be sure that you can benefit from this remarkable treatment – and potentially find out if your gummy smile is causing you hidden problems – is to come and see me for a consultation appointment.

Otherwise, you can keep trying your best to deal with your smile as you have always done, yet will never know the difference in confidence and appearance that a laser gum re-contouring treatment can give you.

To find out once and for all, I invite you to call me at 458-205-5189 to make your appointment. Or, you can click here to request an appointment through this website.