Published: 10/11/2019

Do you feel that you show too much gum tissue when you smile or that your teeth seem shorter than everyone else? This may be due to excessive gingival (gum) growth around the teeth. Often called a “gummy smile,” patients who are affected often have an extra amount of gum tissue covering the teeth, making them appear shorter than they really are and potentially harboring bacteria that can’t be cleaned with a typical toothbrush or floss. At the Advanced Laser Gum Surgery Institute of Washington, our periodontist, Dr. Steven Rice, offers crown lengthening treatments in Rockville, MD, to remove excessive gum tissue and get you to a balanced, healthy smile!

The Complications of a Gummy Smile
While initially a gummy smile just seems like a cosmetic concern, hindering the appearance of your smile, there are actually additional dental health concerns that are related. With this excessive gum growth, bacteria is easily hidden beneath the gum line. Since your toothbrush and floss can’t get below the gums, this bacteria thrives and can cause cavities or even begin the manifestation of gum disease. Additionally, when cavities form under the gum line, it becomes increasingly difficult to treat them, making the removal of gum tissue a necessity.

What is Crown Lengthening?
The solution to a gummy smile is through crown lengthening treatments. Crown lengthening involves surgically removing the gum tissue from around the teeth, creating a healthy and attractive level to surround your teeth. The treatment is typically performed by administering sedation to you, and having our periodontist carefully and gently remove the tissue with a scalpel, suturing the healthy gum tissue back around the teeth afterward. Our practice also offers laser treatment for gummy smiles, allowing us to remove the gums without needing scalpels or sutures. This gives you a more gentle surgery, with minimal bleeding and often no need for advanced sedation!

Want to Enhance Your Smile? Schedule a consultation with our periodontist for gummy smile treatment by calling 301-881-5040 or making an online appointment.

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