Gummy Smile FAQs

Frequently Asked Gummy Smile Questions in San Francisco CA

What is a gummy smile?

Gummy smile or excessive gingival display is a condition in which a significant amount of gum tissue is present when a patient smiles.

What can cause a smile to appear “gummy”?

Gummy smiles can be a result of short teeth with excess gum tissues around them or an upper jaw that is positioned too far forward.

What is the purpose of crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening transforms small teeth into regular-sized teeth which decreases the amount of exposed gum tissue when a person smiles. The procedure is done by removing excess gum and bone tissue around the teeth.

What is the best way to fix a gummy smile?

There are different techniques that are used to address this problem, including gingivectomy, crown lengthening, upper lip Botox injection, lip repositioning procedure, and in more advanced cases, jaw surgery.

Am I a candidate for gummy smile treatment?

A complete clinical and radiographic exam will need to be done to determine your candidacy for gummy smile treatment.

I am unhappy with the way my smile looks, but I am not sure exactly what is wrong. What should I do?

Schedule an evaluation with us, and we will coordinate with your dentist to complete a comprehensive workup from both a restorative and surgical standpoint to identify the problem and address it.

How much does gummy smile treatment cost?

Cost depends on your diagnosis and recommended treatment. Make an appointment with us, and once we’ve decided how you’d like to proceed, we’ll present all costs upfront before moving forward.

What will my results be like?

The goal of our gummy smile treatments is not only to achieve cosmetically pleasant results but also to maintain full function and chewing capabilities.

Want To Correct Your Gummy Smile?

Drs. Fateh and Sanz can perform crown lengthening for better esthetics, healthier gum tissue, and in preparation for restorations. Contact us today!

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