Correct Gummy Smiles with Periodontal Plastic Surgery Procedures

Gummy Smile Treatment

Correcting a gummy smile can be accomplished by one of two possible simple surgical procedures.  The first procedure is called a Gingivectomy.  Gingivectomies are performed when the amount of gum reduction necessary is minimal such as in mild gummy smiles.  During a Gingivectomy, a minimal amount of gum tissue is removed with a dental laser or by a technique known as radiosurgery.  The procedure is painless, requires no sutures, and the gum tissues usually heal within two weeks.

Gingivectomy


Before Showing Altered Passive Eruption


Surgical Correction With Radiosurgery


Final Result Two Weeks Later

More advanced gummy smiles require more extensive tissue reduction. This is performed by a procedure known as crown lengthening.  During this painless procedure, the gum tissues are contoured around each individual tooth.  The tissue is lifted off the bone and placed in a desired new position.  The tissues are sutured into place and allowed to heal for 7 - 10 days.  After initial healing, the sutures are removed.  The newly repositioned gums are allowed to heal for an additional 5 - 7 weeks before any final restorations can be placed.  Following a crown lengthening procedure, further treatment with either porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns will be required to achieve a beautiful new smile.  These final restorations can be completed in just two visits.

Crown Lengthening Surgery with Bone Removal

Pre Op Photo Flap Being Lifted Bone Removal Gums Sutured Final Veneers
 
 
 

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