Reasons Why You May Show Too Much Gum When You Smile
- Short teeth? NO! Too much gum tissue.
- When teeth erupt through gums they keep erupting until the upper and lower teeth touch. After they touch the gum tissue continues to migrate to the neck of the tooth. When this doesn’t happen fully it results in too much gum tissue and the appearance of short teeth.
- Hyper-mobile upper lip is when your lip lifts more than average. There is a procedure to reduce this hyper-mobile lip to normal mobility.
- Overgrown gum tissue due to orthodontics, prosthodontics, or medications.
Aesthetic Crown Lengthening
In most cases, it is not actually that the tooth is too short. The teeth appear short, because there is too much gum tissue covering them. To correct this the extra tissue is removed, and the gum tissue is reshaped to an ideal position. This results in a beautiful and proportional smile.
Functional Crown Lengthening
Sometimes, not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum to support a filling or crown. Functional Crown Lengthening is the removal of the excess tissue to expose more of the natural tooth. This results in a better fitting crown and/or filling that will be easy to clean, have the right shape, size, and longevity.