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Getting Rid of “Gummy” Smiles

Do you have a “gummy” smile that makes you feel self-conscious? When you smile, do you have more gums show than teeth? Gummy smiles are common aesthetic problems that don’t usually impact the health of your teeth, but they do impact the way you feel about your smile. Did you know there were actually treatment methods available to help you rid yourself of a gummy smile once and for all?

Gingival Recontouring

Recontouring of the gum tissue is one of the simplest ways to change the appearance of tooth size and gum appearance. If gums are bulky or uneven, they can be adjusted so that they have a smooth, even appearance. This process also allows additional tooth surfaces to be exposed, making the teeth look larger and fuller. A recontouring procedure can be done surgically or with the use of a soft tissue laser. When lasers are used, the process takes only a few minutes to complete and there is little to no recovery time or discomfort. Contouring is perfect for teeth that look shorter than what they should, or to just generally help them look more even. 

Surgical Therapy

Some people have such advanced anatomical needs that they require surgery to improve the appearance of their mouth. This may involve bone repositioning, reshaping or jaw surgery. Although this is very uncommon, it may be necessary to help some people achieve their aesthetic goals.

Excess gum tissue can be caused by anything from certain types of medication to genetics. Schedule an exam with your cosmetic or surgical dentist to learn more about what options you have to improve your confidence and appearance.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955


Three Ways Your Dentist May Use Crown Lengthening

Have you ever heard of crown lengthening? It’s a treatment that your dentist performs to adjust the gumlines around your tooth, exposing more tooth structure in the process. Here are a few common ways your dentists may use crown lengthening to enhance the health of your smile:

When Treating Gum Disease

Periodontal disease involves deep gum pockets around the roots of your teeth. These areas can be difficult to clean, allowing reinfection to occur. By shortening the depth of the pockets, oral hygiene is easier to maintain. Some dentists will recommend generalized crown lengthening as part of the periodontal therapy process. 

For Restorative Purposes

Let’s say you have a tooth that needs a crown, but not enough tooth is visible above the gumline. By shortening the gums, more tooth surface is exposed. This allows your dentist to prep and shape the tooth structure appropriately, so that a restoration can be placed over it. Otherwise there would simply not be enough tooth structure to work with. A tooth that would have required an extraction and replacement procedure can simply be restored instead. 


If your smile looks “gummy” or your gingival tissues are uneven, your dentist can alter them for a more natural appearance. This helps your teeth look fuller and your smile even from side to side. The process is sometimes called gingival contouring and is primarily for aesthetic purposes.

Caring for your smile doesn’t just mean cleaning or filling your teeth. It also has a lot to do with the health of the gums around your teeth. Ask your dentist how crown lengthening can help you improve your oral health.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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