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What Causes Gum Overgrowth

Posted on 9/19/2022 by Todd Jorgenson
What Causes Gum OvergrowthYou may believe that the sole disadvantage of having a gummy smile is how it affects your appearance. Sadly, that is not the only difficulty.

Why Do My Gums Surround My Teeth?


This disorder, also known as gingival hyperplasia, relates to the formation of the extra gum tissue surrounding the teeth, which causes them to appear "little" or "short." It has numerous causes, including Genetics, certain pharmaceuticals (i.e., managing cardiovascular disease, suppressing the immune system, preventing seizures), hormonal and physiologic alterations (i.e., puberty, pregnancy, leukemia), or periodontitis.

Problems Caused by Gum Overgrowth


Although you may be concerned about how your gums affect your overall appearance, other, more significant problems might arise. If left untreated, more problems may emerge, compromising your overall health and well-being.

The most frequent complications caused by excessive gum development are: Gum disease is characterized by irritated, bleeding gums caused by plaque and tartar accumulation on the teeth and below the gum line. If left untreated, it can result in tooth and bone loss, infection entering the bloodstream, and harm to the brain, heart, lungs, and other essential organs.

Difficulties with tooth eruption and alignment may necessitate orthodontic treatment to straighten the smile. Difficulty chewing, particularly if you have gingival fibromatosis, which can cause teeth to vanish essentially.

Solutions Your Periodontist Can Recommend


A reputable periodontist can be your greatest ally in combating gum overgrowth. After analyzing your smile, they can develop a treatment plan that targets the problem and restores its health. The most frequent therapy involves removing extra gum tissue and remodeling the gum line to seem more balanced. Additionally, it exposes more tooth anatomy, which is advantageous if dental crowns or other tailored restorations are required.

If you do not currently have gum overgrowth difficulties, a periodontist would likely advise you to practice good oral hygiene at home. Although certain causes (genetics) cannot be avoided, proactive efforts can be made to reduce the risk of excessive tissue growth. Contact Us immediately if you believe you are at risk for gum overgrowth.



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