Gummy Smile & Crown Lengthening

Gummy Smile & Crown Lengthening

This procedure helps patients whose gums are uneven or cover too much of their teeth. This may be caused by genetics or the use of certain prescription medications. It results in what is commonly called a “gummy” smile, with teeth that appear smaller than they should.


How It Works

It is performed by a periodontist. The patient receives a local anesthetic to numb the gums, and uses a soft tissue laser or a blade to strip away the excess gum tissue to to shape a new, more uniform gumline.

The laser is used to recontour and then seal the tissue to create the ideal shape and prevent ongoing bleeding.

If simple contouring is not enough, your periodontist may go deeper with crown lengthening. In this procedure, part of the gum and some of the underlying bone is removed. Since this surgery involves altering bone and generally requires stitches, recovery is typically longer.


Treatment Aftercare

After having your gums reshaped, whatever your reasons, it’s important to practice good dental hygiene for several weeks after the procedure. Until the gums have fully healed, daily brushing and flossing may need to be more gentle than usual to avoid irritating the sensitive tissue. This could cause bleeding and the development of infection. Use a gentle, cleansing¬†that kills most germs on contact without the burn of alcohol on sensitive gums.