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GUM PROBLEMS

Gummy Smile

Are your gums taking over your smile?

For people who have gummy smiles, it can be very frustrating that no matter how beautiful their teeth are, their gums dominate their smile and take the attention off their teeth and smile.

The treatment should fix the cause

There are several treatments that can minimize or completely eliminate a gummy smile. These solutions range from the simple Botox injections to more involved surgical procedures. The treatment depends on what is creating the gummy smile. (Read more on gummy smiles.)

gummy smile patient in San Antonio

Actual Patient

Here are the four main factors that can cause a gummy smile:

1. You have a hyperactive upper lip: If your upper lip muscles are overachievers that pull your lip up too high when you smile, you have a hyperactive upper lip. Your teeth and gums are the size that they should be. The only issue is the lip getting over-excited and jumping up too high. This can be easily treated with Botox injections.

hyperactive lip create gummy smile

2. Your teeth have worn down too short: As teeth wear down they also slowly move down into the mouth. Otherwise, you wouldn?t have any way of chewing food, right? When the teeth move down, they carry the supporting bone and gum tissue with them creating a gummy smile. The solution to this kind of gummy smile involves a combination of restoring the teeth to their original length and moving the teeth into their original position. It can also require periodontal ?crown lengthening surgery? to remove the excess bone and gum tissue and root canal therapy to treat the exposed nerves. Getting the correct diagnosis is crucial in these complex cases.

short and worn out teeth create eruption and gummy smile
Actual Patient

3. Your smile looks gummy and your teeth look too short because your gums refuse to let go: Sometimes teeth look too short because they are covered by too much gum tissue in a very gummy smile. This is called ?Altered Passive Eruption? and can be fixed with a gum removal and contouring surgery.

gummy smile in a young adolescent due to altered passive eruption
Actual Patient

4. Your jaw (maxilla) is too long: When the upper jaw bone grows too long, it shows up as a lot of extra gums in the smile. It?s only in the last 50 years or so that oral surgeons started fixing this condition by reducing the jaw bone to normal height. This jaw surgery repairs both the cosmetic issues and any other accompanying jaw or tooth issues. We partner with fantastic specialists in the area to coordinate these surgeries.

maxillary overgrowth leads to gummy smile
Actual Patient

Click below to learn more

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Periodontal Surgery

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Excessive Gum Tissue Correction

Sedation Solutions

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Dental Crowns

Complex Perio-Restorative Solutions for Gummy Smiles

Correcting Gummy Smiles may require rebuilding the teeth as well

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2019-03-19T19:26:12-05:00

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2019-03-19T19:21:53-05:00

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2019-03-19T19:25:28-05:00

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2019-03-19T19:23:39-05:00

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Great staff, and the dentist was nice and thorough. They also have modern equipment and technique. Great experience for my first visit.

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2019-03-19T19:23:06-05:00

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I came to Alamo Dental Health because of Groupon but will be making them "my dentist" because of the level of care. The doctor and staff were thorough and professional; I felt they cared for me as a person and a patient. After dentist hopping for the last two years I am glad to have found Alamo Dental Health. I highly recommend them!

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2019-03-19T19:24:25-05:00

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2019-02-06T21:53:59-06:00

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I'd like to recommend Dr. John Bec and his entire staff for one of the best patient experiences that I've ever had. I was in for an emergency with an acute pain on my teeth and they treated me immediately. I was also impressed with the systematization of their processes, which I'm sure, contributed to the excellent service. 2 thumbs up for these knowledgeable and nice people!

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2019-03-19T19:22:26-05:00

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Dr. Bec and everyone else at this office are both friendly and caring! I had major problems and required my upper teeth to be pulled and implants to be installed along with an attached upper denture to be fitted. It was quite a process and they took care of me from beginning to end with no complaints from me! They were incredible and I have nothing but good things to say about all of them! Dr Bec will be my dentist for life! Thank you all very much for the smile you gave back to me!

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2019-03-19T19:15:23-05:00

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2019-03-19T19:28:22-05:00

Jazz C.

Staff is awesome! Dr. Bec is a NERD!! In a good way of course, as you would want all your doctors to be. Everyone who works here is so friendly and are very patient in answering my 1000 questions. I'm looking forward to seeing my new and improved smile at the end of my treatment :)
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