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Dangers That Come with Having a Gummy Smile

Posted on 9/25/2019 by Dr. Karl Zeren
Dangers That Come with Having a Gummy SmileA gummy smile is adorable when it's offered to you by a baby, but on adults, it can be a cause of great insecurity. People with excessively gummy smiles may be shy and try to avoid showing too much of their gums, but it's important to know that a gummy smile isn't just a cosmetic issue; it can be a major clue to underlying dental problems that you may have.

Causes and Treatment of Too Much Gum

Also caused “excessive gingival display,” gummy smiles can lead to shame and embarrassment in people who have them. While having a gummy smile isn't necessarily dangerous in and of itself, it can be a red flag that you have another medical condition that requires our immediate attention. Addressing the cause of your gummy smile can help us understand better your overall oral health and find ways to improve it.

•  Eroded teeth: If your teeth are wearing down, it can give the appearance that your gums are excessively large. Causes of eroded teeth include bruxism (grinding your teeth) and treatment for this may be as simple as implementing a mouth guard.
•  Gingival hypertrophy: The enlargement of your gums can be caused by a number of problems, including gum disease, medication, hereditary disorders, or a systemic disease. Identifying and treating these problems can reduce the appearance of an excessively gummy smile.
•  Vertical maxillary excess: This happens when your upper jaw is too long, and it requires surgery to treat. This can restore your smile to a normal amount of visible gum.

Gummy smiles are quite common and, if they're not associated with an underlying medical condition, can be fairly benign. However, excessive gingival display can be a subtle message from your mouth that there is something else going on in your body that may require treatment.

If you have a gummy smile, please give our office a call today to schedule a comprehensive dental exam. We can carefully assess your oral health and, if needed, can start you on a treatment protocol to address your excessive gingival display.
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