TMJ Relief and Gummy Smile Treatment Cupertino
If you grind your teeth, have pain in your jaw, migraines, or feel clicking when opening your mouth, you may have TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) disorder. At Cupertino Dental and Facial Esthetics, TMJ treatment is something we treat patients for daily. Accredited Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Sage and our Medical Esthetics team work together to assess the patient and offer the most effective treatment for each patient. While each patient’s pain and treatment plan may differ, it may often consist of a Botox®/Dysport® injection to relax the muscle, which will give relief to the patient, as well as a night guard for patients to wear in the evening, or even bite adjustments. For more extreme cases of TMJ disorder, our in-house Board Certified Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon will assess the patient to provide treatment options for relief.
Gummy Smile Treatment
A gummy smile is referred to when a smile shows excessive amount of gum or the turn up of the upper lip. Various treatments can correct this such as Botox®/Dysport® injections to relax the muscle that raises the upper lip excessively, laser gum contouring, which will raise the gum-line exposing more of your natural tooth, or even lip filler.
Botox®/Dysport® for Gummy Smile
By injecting a small dose of Botox®/Dysport® we can relax the muscle that creates the pull of the upper lip which exposes our gums when smiling. Results will be effective 2-10 days after your treatment and the results can last 2-4 months. There is no downtime associated with this procedure. You may be red at the injection sites for up to 30 minutes after your treatment, but that will subside and you can resume normal activities.
Laser Gum Contouring
With the use of a soft tissue laser, we are able to contour and lift the gumline to expose less of your gums when smiling. Often times, a patient with a gummy smile, may also appear to have “smaller teeth” which can be corrected with a laser gum treatment. This procedure is done by our Accredited Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Sage, in our office with local anesthetic to the area being treated. Esthetically, Dr. Sage will measure the appropriate Results will show immediately, however, swelling of the gums and some mild discomfort following the treatment may be present. We ask to have you come back 1-2 weeks following your treatment for a follow up, to ensure the gums are healing properly and you are satisfied with your results.
In some cases of a gummy smile, a patient may just require some lip filler to add volume to the upper lip and help accentuate the natural shape which will expose less of the gumline. Juvederm® or Restylane® may be used to give a natural result. This treatment can also be combined with a Botox®/Dysport® or Laser Gum treatment to enhance results.