A Gummy Smile: What You Should Know

When you look in the mirror at your smile, do you like what you see? If not, and the problem is related to gums that appear excessive or puffy, we have treatments to address your concerns. However, it is important that you first visit us for a consultation, so we may diagnose the problem. In some cases, you may be dealing with a cosmetic issue that we can alter with laser dentistry. In other cases, you may be dealing with oral disease that requires immediate care. Regardless of the concern, we encourage you to see us right away, so we may begin guiding you toward the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.

Has Your Smile Always Looked This Way?

Have you had a “gummy smile” for as long as you can remember? If so, you are probably dealing with an esthetic issue that occurs when patients have excess gum tissue. The result is often a displeasing amount of gum tissue that shows when you smile. You may also feel like your teeth look short, small, or too triangular. The good news is that this is not a health-related concern.

Is This A New Problem?

Have you suddenly noticed that your gums look puffy or inflamed? Perhaps in addition to this problem, your gum tissue also appears red or purple rather than its usual pink. You may even notice you suffer from foul breath that does not go away or bleeding gums. If so, you may suffer from an oral problem called gum disease. The sooner we treat your smile, the greater your ability to regain comfort, function, and good oral health.

Treatment Options

For a gummy smile, we may provide you with laser dentistry. We will craft a personalized treatment plan, strategically removing a small amount of gum tissue to lift your gumline, while revealing a greater portion of your teeth. Or, if you suffer from gum disease, we will begin with a deep cleaning to remove hardened plaque that causes inflammation. We may then suggest periodontal therapy to restore your gum health.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.