Gummy smile, a cosmetic problem and health

Written by: Dr. Jordi Alcázar Tomás
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The gummy smile or“gummy smile” affects 10 % of the population. It is a physiological alteration of the position of the gum to smile in which, as the name suggests, the patient teaches excessive gum When she smiles. This appearance may be unsightly to the patient and can lead to health problems in the future.

We should know that if we teach note gummy smile and our teeth seem very square, we should consult a specialist in gum, called periodontist for a possible rating of gummy smile. Other signs to be aware of is if our gum is always swollen and bleeding but often perform dental hygienes. If our dentist / dentist is no solution, we must go to the periodontist to perform a correct diagnosis of our gum.

Beyond aesthetics

The gummy smile implies not only an aesthetic issue, we know that the gum that is in excess is not adhered to the tooth, but is supported on the tooth. So eventually a space between the gum and tooth, the future will be colonized by bacteria is created and can cause decay, or inflammation on the gum first and bone destruction in a second stage, what is known as periodontitis or“pyorrhea”. It is therefore the correct diagnosis and treatment of gummy smile involves improving our aesthetic and our health.

In most cases the treatment for gummy smile is easy. With outpatient surgery to remove the excess gum and, in many cases, excess bone, the patient can have a much more beautiful and above all avoid problems in the future smile.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Jordi Alcázar Tomás

Dr. Alcázar is a renowned specialist in Dentistry and Stomatology. He has over 15 years experience in the profession and extensive training, with different masters and postgraduate courses in different fields of specialty that has made him an expert in periodontology and oral rehabilitation or placement, among others. She combines her clinical work with teaching, being professor of the Master of Periodontology at the International University of Catalonia. On the other hand, he is the author of scientific articles and often give lectures at national and international level. Currently holds the Puig & Baldrich Dental Center.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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