Gummy Smile Treatment

District Perio - Washington, DC

Do you feel like you have a gummy smile or that your teeth are too short? Let a periodontal specialist efficiently fix this for you today! This simple procedure called esthetic crown lengthening consists of recontouring your gum line to reveal more tooth structure, giving the appearance of a less gummy smile. During the process, the periodontist will make numerous small incisions to the area’s soft tissue, separating gums from teeth to provide access to root and bone. If only one tooth needs treatment, surrounding teeth may be treated as well to ensure your teeth will appear symmetrical. It is essential when performing this procedure that an appropriate or adequate amount of bone and tissue is removed. Due to this being a technique-sensitive procedure, it is crucial to choose the right specialist.

Gummy Smile Treatment Options

There are two options for reducing a gummy smile, gingivectomy or crown lengthening. Gingivectomy only consists of removing and recontouring the gums. The problem is that if you have excessive gums, it can only do so much, and the gums can regrow. Your periodontist would need to look at your 3D scan to see if you are a candidate for this surgery. 

The next option is esthetic crown lengthening; this procedure involves removing gum and the underlying bone. Removing bone aids in not only the esthetic appearance of longer teeth but also prevents the gums from regrowing since the blood supply for the tissue is no longer there. In both procedures, your surgeon will be sculpting your gums and bone to the desired area to ensure the proper esthetic result is achieved.

Gummy Smile Post-Operative Instructions

A key element to ensuring the success of your crown lengthening surgery is following your post-operative instructions meticulously. In addition, you must follow recovery instructions to have the best result possible. 


Bleeding after your procedure is entirely normal, and spotty bleeding for the next few days can be expected. If bleeding does occur, take a damp piece of gauze and apply firm pressure for the next ten minutes, and the bleeding should subside. Recovery time differs person by person, but it takes around one week to fully recover. It is imperative to keep the site clean from any harmful bacteria during this healing time. To aid in this, using warm salt water to rinse twice a day can help, and taking your antibiotics as prescribed. Along with keeping the area clean, you must only eat soft food during the healing period. 

Gummy Smile Specialist

Choosing the right dentist is especially important to ensure the best outcome. Our dentist has years of additional training to master the art of cosmetic dentistry. Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities at an affordable price. Journey to a new smile today with gummy smile treatment in Washington, DC.

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