Prof. Hani and Dr. Jeff KHOURY are the specialists in Gum Surgeries at Khoury Dental Clinic. With more than 35 years of experience, you can be confident that you will have the best long-term result.
What is a Gummy Smile?
It is a condition in which a person shows a larger amount of gum tissue when smiling. Many people with gummy smiles suffer from embarrassment, self-consciousness, and even a general lack of self esteem. They often dislike their smile and wish there was something they could do to change it. The good news is that we can fix your gummy smile at our clinic using simple periodontal plastic surgery procedures. You will be amazed by the beautiful and natural looking results achieved using these virtually painless surgical treatments.
How do we treat a gummy smile?
There are three ways to treat a gummy smile:
- Periodontal plastic surgery called “crown lengthening”. It consists of reshaping the gum in order to expose a greater area of the crown. The goal is to lengthen the appropriate teeth and create greater symmetry at the gum line.
It is a very delicate procedure where we advise specialized dentists to perform it.
- Lip repositioning is a simple surgical procedure to treat ‘gummy smile’. The procedure restricts the muscle pull of the elevator lip muscles thereby reducing the gingival display while smiling. This procedure is safe and predictable with minimal risk or side effects.
- Botox (botulinum toxin) has recently been advocated in treatment of gummy smile. Minimally invasive injection of botox into the hyperactive muscles of upper lip reduces the upward movement of lip thus, resulting in less of gummy smile.