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What causes a gummy smile

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Image of a smiling woman at Oral Solutions NW. Ever looked at a picture of yourself and realized that your gummy tissue is out compared to your smile? If yes, then you might be suffering from excessive gingival display also known as gummy smile. Statistically, women are prone to gummy smiles as compared to men. 7% of men and 14% of women are affected by gummy smiles. It is funny how the number of women affected doubles the number of men. It is however important to note that gummy smiles are responsible for the exposure of more than 3mm of the gums and it is not a disease. However, it is a condition that is considered less attractive. Without wasting more time, let us dig into the causes.

Genetics and anatomy

In most cases, genetics play a big role. A hereditary gingival fibromatosis (HGF) is one of the main causes of a gummy smile that may become severe leading to speaking problems. When your body experiences changes in anatomy like hormonal imbalances that are associated often with pregnancy and puberty, you may also experience the issue. Blood issues like leukemia are also likely to cause a gummy smile.

Poor dental hygiene

You may be treated to think that oral health only involves your teeth. That is often not the case, when plaque builds up it may find its way under the gums leading to inflammation and enlarged gums. For people who use traditional braces, they may often forget to floss since the braces are an obstruction. This may allow bacteria to build up causing inflammation in the gums.


Treatment of a gummy smile involves the intervention of a periodontist. They are responsible for the procedure called 'gum lift' or gum contouring. They carefully carve the gum of the front teeth with a soft tissue laser giving them attractive looks. The process is done by our team of trained dentists with the use of local anesthesia and sedatives like nitrous oxide and within one or two hours the patient is back with a fresh smile. Make an effort to contact us in the case of consultation and treatment purposes. Let us take care of your smile.
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I had the best experience with Dr. Jeffrey Crowley & team. I was dealing with an embarrassing front tooth issue. Dr. Crowley & team took such great care of me. Very articulate and gentle. You can't tell the difference between my real teeth & the implant. I cried when I looked in the mirror, I got my smile back! - Rachael W.

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Dr. Jeffrey Crowley is proud to be an Oregonian. He was born in Alaska, but was raised on the Oregon Coast from a young age. While attending the University of Oregon he discovered a passion in caring for others. He obtained his dental degree at OHSU in 2013 while graduating with honors. He then was accepted into a very demanding Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. There he trained at one of the busiest trauma hospitals in the Midwest for 6 years. His residency focused on oral surgery and anesthesia, but also included training in: medicine, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery/medicine. Dr. Crowley also completed a 1-year internship in general surgery and a medical degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
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The dental staff at Oral Solutions NW are truly exceptional in every way, providing a level of care and expertise that is simply unmatched. From the moment you walk through the door, you can feel the warmth and friendliness of the team, who are dedicated to making your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whether you are in need of a routine consultation, a complex oral surgery procedure, or anything in between, you can trust that the team at Oral Solutions NW will go above and beyond to ensure that you receive the best possible care. With their state-of-the-art facility and commitment to staying on the cutting edge of the latest dental technologies and techniques, the dental staff at Oral Solutions NW are truly setting the standard for excellence in oral surgery.
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