While a glimpse of the gumline during a smile is cute, excessive gingival display is often considered undesirable. Commonly referred to as a gummy smile, a disproportionate exposure of gum can result from an under/over developed jaw or high lip position. This flash of pink is an embarrassment to many, and can eventually result in a loss of self-confidence. Traditional jaw correction has been used to reverse an undesirable gumline; however this can be expensive and requires a long recovery.
Gummy Smile Correction through Lip Repositioning Surgery :
Dr. Gallardo now brings his patients an innovative, cutting-edge procedure designed to reduce the unwanted appearance of the gums. Repositioning surgery, available at Gallardo Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, offers patients the chance for a proportionate, beautiful smile. The outpatient surgery brings a harmonious balance to the teeth, lips, and gums; restoring confidence in the appearance once again.
The Benefits of Lip Repositioning surgery at Gallardo Periodontics and Implant Dentistry:
- Immediately improves the appearance of a ‘gummy smile’
- Creates a proportionate amount of gum, teeth, and lip
- Gives the top lip a fuller, more aesthetical pleasing look
- Requires only local anesthesia
- Fast recovery with little downtime
- Does not result in external scarring
- Quickly restores confidence and self-esteem
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Who will make a good candidate for the lip repositioning surgery?
Between 10% and 25% of all adults are frustrated with the amount of gumline showing when they smile. Anyone unhappy with an excessive ‘gummy smile’ may make a wonderful candidate for the repositioning surgery at Gallardo Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. Those patients considering surgery should be in overall good health, and understand the benefits/limitations of the procedure.
Classifications of Gumline Exposure:
- 1-3mm gingival display
- 4-6mm gingival display
- 7+mm gingival display
There are several causes of a disproportionate gumline, including an abnormal eruption of the teeth, hyperactive lip muscles, and a large or unusually shaped jawbone. At the lip repositioning consultation, Dr. Gallardo will perform a physical examination to determine if this procedure will be right for an individual’s aesthetic needs.
The Lip Repositioning Procedure:
The lip repositioning surgery is a simple surgical technique designed to restrict high movement of the upper lip. Dr. Gallardo will perform his upper lip procedure using a local anesthetic or IV sedation. During this procedure, he will remove a strip of tissue from the inner portion of the top lip. The newly exposed area is then sutured into a lower, more aesthetically desirable position. A single procedure is all that is required; usually no follow-up surgeries will be necessary.
Lip surgery takes about 30-45 minutes to perform. The benefits of the technique can be seen immediately. As any swelling dissipates, the results will continue to improve. Patients will see a bright, confident smile as soon as they leave Dr. Gallardo’s office.
Lip Repositioning Surgery in Miami
To get more information on Dr. Gallardo’s repositioning technique, contact Gallardo Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at 305.447.1447. Located in beautiful southern Florida, Dr. Gallardo’s office is conveniently located for an aesthetic get-a-way. Consultation appointments are complimentary, and for those traveling from outside of the Miami area, may be completed online.
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Lip Repositioning Surgery FAQ
If you are unhappy with the amount of gumline your upper lip reveals when smiling, and you are in overall good health, then lip repositioning surgery may be for you.
Yes, Dr. Gallardo’s innovative method for lip repositioning will leave the face with an attractive, organic look. The top lip will not look stiff or unnatural.
Orthognathic surgery, also known as jaw surgery, is a more invasive and extensive procedure than upper lip surgery. Jaw surgery therefore holds greater risk for complications to occur. Lip repositioning, used to treat a gummy smile, is faster, has a shorter recovery time, and costs less than traditional jaw surgery.
Dr. Gallardo’s repositioning surgery normally involves local anesthesia or IV sedation, and takes less than an hour to perform.
As with any surgical procedure, lip repositioning hold the risk of complications to occur, such as bleeding, infection, and scarring. However, Dr. Gallardo’s cutting-edge repositioning surgery is one of the safest and most sought after aesthetic treatments for a gummy smile.