Gummy Smile


A Gummy smile occurs when there is excessive   gingival (gums) display while smiling. It is a very subjective concept. Usually gum display of more than 3 to 4 mm is interpreted as gummy smile.

Some people may be extra conscious of this condition while some may try to avoid smiling wide or smile with a closed mouth to hide their gums.








An ideal smile needs the gums, teeth , bones and lips to be in harmony and  of the correct size and shape. Any disruption in the proportion may cause deviation from the ideal smile line.

 It is a common unaesthetic clinical condition, which can be caused by an

  • Abnormal dental eruption(delayed passive eruption),
  • Excessive vertical growth of the maxillabone,
  • Over-eruption of the maxillary anterior teeth, or
  • Hyper function of the upper lipelevator muscle,
  • A combination of the above described factors.


Smile line assessment is important to determine the treatment of Gummy Smile.

Proper assessment of the parameters involving the gums, teeth, bones and lips in relation to the position and function is done.

 Proper elaborate history needs to be taken so as to know the time of occurrence and recognization of the condition by the patient.

Study models and radiographs help to assess the structural relationship of the bone and teeth.



  • Gingival contouring / Gingivectomy: Reshaping or excision  of the excessive gingival margin can be done using LASER , Thermo excision or conventional surgical method.







    • Apical repositioning of the Gingiva

    In some cases apical repositioning of the entire soft tissue component may be necessary.








  • Orthodontic rehabilitation of teeth (Braces)

If incorrect teeth position is the cause of gummy smile it can be corrected with braces treatment.


  • Surgical correction

In cases of gummy smiles due to excessive growth of the jaw bones; maxillofacial surgical correction may be necessary.


  • Lip repositioning/Lip contouring

Deficit lip height can be corrected surgically.


  • Lip Rehabilitation

This is done to reduce the muscular hyperactivity of the muscles associated with the lip, it restricts the contraction of  the lips while smiling  which in turn helps in reducing the amount of gums exposed while smiling.


  • Use of Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX)

To reduce the muscular hyperactivity of the lip by reducing muscle contraction.







  • Use of Prosthetic teeth / Crowns

Crowns or veneers can be used to correct the shape and size of the teeth to make it look more esthetic.

 The complete correction of Gummy Smile usually needs a multi disciplinary approach. Which can be best suggested by your dentist.


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What is Root Canal Treatment? Case Study

Root canal treatment is designed to eradicate germs from the contaminated root canal, thus preventing re-infection of the tooth and saving the natural tooth. When one undergoes a root canal treatment, the swollen or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.
A young male patient visited us complaining of a fracture in the upper right front tooth. We did a complete oral checkup and took the required x-rays. The tooth was tender on percussion. An x-ray showed mild periapical infection.
The treatment plan finalized was multiple sitting RCT with the placement of intra-canal medicament followed by the crown for upper right central incisor.



After treating 26000+ patients we are ready to help you!

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