A beautiful smile is a combination of aesthetics and perception. Although it varies from individual to individual, a smile is usually perceived as ‘gummy’ when the gum tissue shows too much, or is over-prominent in comparison with the size of the teeth.
Gummy smile treatment is a procedure that helps those with who feel self-conscious because of their gummy smile, to smile with confidence.
Our dental specialist/ dentist will find out the details of your medical and dental history, go through a consultation and examination, and take a digital X-ray of your teeth to enable a thorough and detailed diagnosis to ascertain if you are suitable for gummy smile treatment. Thereafter our dentists will discuss with you to recommend the most appropriate solution for your needs.
Crown lengthening is procedure which adjusts excessive gum tissue and the underlying bone to expose more of the tooth’s surface. In certain cases, crown lengthening may be combined with crowns or veneers to achieve the ideal proportion of teeth to gums.
Gummy smiles caused by a prominent upper jaw, excessive vertical growth of upper jaw bone (vertical maxillary excess), or prominent positioning of one’s upper front teeth may require braces, crowns or jaw surgeries. There are also cases where lip surgeries may be required.
Another cause of gummy smiles is hyperactive lip muscles. These hyperactive lip muscles causes the upper lip to rise higher than normal when smiling, showing more gum. In such cases, 10 minute procedure consisting of a few tiny BOTOX® injections can be used.
BOTOX® is a natural, purified protein.
First, the area will be numbed with an anaesthetic cream prior to injecting. Next, BOTOX® is injected into the upper lip, weakening it so that the elevation of the upper lip is reduced. Dosage is adjusted upon an assessment of your condition. Some individuals require more while others may require lesser to obtain an optimal result.
After complete recovery, it is essential to maintain your new smile just like your own natural smile. With a proper home care oral regime and regular professional maintenance every 6 months, the result of a surgical method of treatment will last for years.
For BOTOX® injections, the effects of each session will last up to 4 months.
|Consultation||$80 – $200|
|CT scan||$350 – 600 (depends on whether it is one jaw or two jaws)|
|Crown lengthening surgery (gum plastic surgery) – excluding crowns or veneers||$2,500 – 3,000 between 6 to 10 teeth (depends on the complexity) *Medisave applies to crown lengthening surgery.|
|Crowns or veneers||$1,500 – 2,000 per tooth|
|Botox®||$600 – 800|
*All fees are subject to 7% Singapore Goods and Services Tax.
*All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
The information provided above is of a general nature only as you would need to be examined by our dental specialists/ dentists in order to confirm the best treatment option for you. It may be possible to have a reduction in the fee if multiple teeth are involved.
BOTOX® injections and crown lengthening can be done using local anaesthesia. However, you may also choose to do the crown lengthening procedure under sedation or general anaesthesia.
For sedation; there will be an additional fee for an Anaesthesiologist to administer the sedation, which is about SGD$750 – SGD$1,000 per hour.
For general anaesthesia, besides the fees for an Anaesthesiologist, operating theatre costs and admissions cost into the hospital may be incurred.
If you are a Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore, Medisave may be utilized for the surgical portion for gummy smile treatment.
Our friendly front desk staff will be happy to assist in processing your Medisave claim. For more details on Medisave coverage, please visit our Medisave page.
Specialist Dental Group’s Gummy Smile Treatment team comprises of internationally qualified dental specialists/ dentists from the specialty areas of periodontics (gum treatment) and oral & maxillofacial surgery (reconstructive dentistry).
We can usually schedule for you to see our dental specialists/ dentists within 24 hours and depending on your dental condition, it may be possible for you to start gummy smile treatment on the same day as your initial consultation.
Our specialists/ dental surgeons will recommend and customised the most appropriate procedure for you, based on your dental condition and your needs.