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Surgery for Gummy Smile / Palate Repair

Gummy smile has a negative affect on the esthetics that can be corrected through surgical treatments Gummy Smiles to improve the smile.


There are several possible causes of gummy smile, including:

  • Abnormal erruption of teeth can lead to excessive gums covering them. These teeth though of correct length appear shorter as they are covered by gums
  • The muscles controlling the upper lips causes them to rise up higher than normal. When this occurs, more of your gum tissue is exposed when you smile
  • The upper jaw bone development could cause the appearance of a gummy smile

The smile line is determined by several factors, including:

  • The shape and size of your lips
  • The facial muscles
  • The shape and size of your teeth
  • Gum tissue

The optimal smile line appearance should reveal the least amount of gum tissue possible. Gum tissue visible in the smile line should have balanced, even contours that are in harmony with the upper lip. It is for this reason that many people with a gummy smile or excessive gingival display feel their smile to be unattractive, oftentimes feel reluctant to smile at all.

However, depending on the factors causing a gummy smile, more serious underlying dental conditions could be present. For example, if you have a gummy smile caused as a result of how the teeth erupted and how the jaw developed, you may also have an uncomfortable or improper bite (see occlusion) that could ultimately affect your long-term oral health.


An examination by the dentist will determine the extent of the excessive gingival display and any Gummy Smilepossible causes. This examination may involve conventional and/or digital impressions of your teeth and gums. You may also need X-ray imaging so that the tooth roots and jaw bone can be carefully examined. You may then be referred to a specialist. Depending on the nature of your specific clinical condition, treatment for your gummy smile could include one or more of the following:

  • Same-day laser treatments (in minor cases)
  • Surgical lip repositioning
  • Orthodontics (braces) to move the teeth into more suitable positions
  • Surgical Sculpting of the gingival tissues and bone to create healthier and more attractive looking gum contours
  • Maxillofacial surgery to reposition the bone

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