When you smile, does it seem like all you see are your gums? Just because you were born with a gummy smile does not mean that you have to live with the stares. There are a few factors that contribute to a gummy smile, such as:

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

  • Certain medications
  • Hyperactive lip muscles
  • Orthodontic treatments
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Gum Disease
  • Genetics
  • Malocclusion of the bite
  • Excessive bone growth

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

  • Esthetic Crown Lengthening / “Gum Lift” – This method reduces the amount of tissue in the mouth. Local anesthesia is placed and the gum tissue and bone are modified. Your teeth appear longer and your gums appear less prominent. 
  • Lip Repositioning / Gummy Smile Reduction – With this treatment, soft tissue is reduced, improving the overall appearance of your smile. This is an ideal procedure in cases where the patient has more of a skeletal discrepancy or mobile lip. With the upper lip lowered, less gum tissue shows when you smile. The result is a beautiful, natural looking smile, without the need for major surgery.

As the only specialist team in the area providing both a prosthodontist and periodontist, Dr. Ada Parra and Dr. Justin Craighead proudly serve the oral health needs of our community, with Dr. Craighead being Florida’s only dual periodontic and prosthodontic specialist.

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Dr. Ada Parra and Dr. Justin Craighead are proud to serve as the only specialist team offering the expertise of both a prosthodontist and periodontist in Gainesville, FL.


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