The gummy smile is the condition in which a person to smile too much gum is and teeth appear smaller than desirable. It is a cosmetic problem, not oral health.
When there is a real gummy smile, treatment always requires surgery. In these cases the aesthetic gum recontouring is performed. As the case may be necessary to remove only the gum by a gingivectomy, but often it is also necessary to remove some bone.
Complications of surgery for gummy smile
Gum surgery for gummy smile presents the common complications with any surgery: inflammation and pain are handled with medication and applying ice locally the days after treatment.
Care to continue operation after a gummy smile
After gummy smile surgery, postoperative care the following is recommended:
- Do not eat with the operated area.
- Do not eat anything hot until the swelling pass.
- Icing the first 48 hours.
- No physical exercise for 15 days to avoid discomfort and loosen some point.
- Use an antiseptic to disinfect the surgical site.
Contraindications treatment of gummy smile
This operation is not recommended when the gummy smile is not cause tooth. It may be due for example to a short upper lip or hypermobile or excessive maxillary vertical growth, the key is a good diagnosis.