Do You Have a Gummy Smile?

When there’s an overgrowth of gum tissue, it looks like you have a “gummy smile”. The concern with the overgrowth of the gingival tissue is that it can increase your risk of developing gum disease. The extra tissue leaves room for bacteria and tartar to build up underneath the gum line and to become a breeding ground for gingivitis. 

A gingival lift, also known as a gum lift or gum contouring, will reduce and reshape your gums. The procedure can correct the gummy smile and offer a new aesthetic improvement to your smile.  During the procedure, the excess gum tissue is removed so that more of the crown of your tooth is exposed. 

Causes of a Gummy Smile

There are a few causes of a gummy smile, including:

  • Genetics
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Medications




The most effective way to correct a gummy smile is with a LANAP® laser dental treatment. The laser procedure is safe and precise, allowing the dentists at Clock Tower Dental to reshape your gums and create symmetry with your smile while removing excess gum tissue. The laser removes only the targeted area of your gums and leaves the surrounding tissue untouched.

The procedure is painless and results in almost no bleeding and your tissues are able to heal more quickly.

If you have a gummy smile, please contact us to arrange a consultation. The dentists at Clock Tower Dental will discuss your dental history and your concerns and explain treatment options so you can make an informed decision.

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