Gummy Smile Treatment

Gummy Smile Treatment

Gummy Smile

How To Treat a Gummy Smile


Cosmetic Crown Lengthening

Cosmetic crown lengthening is a viable option to improve a gummy smile or to recontour uneven gingival margins. Sometimes teeth appear short, when they are actually the proper size but are covered with excessive gum tissue. This can be corrected by removing excess tissue to expose more of the tooth structure. The tissue can also be reshaped to allow for a more even gum line. The outcome is a more esthetically pleasing, natural-looking smile.

In some cases, reshaping the gum and supporting tissues provides your general dentist with adequate room to place quality final crowns or veneer restorations. Cosmetic crown lengthening is critical and necessary in such cases in order to establish a natural looking smile when the front teeth are too short or uneven in length.


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Benefits of Crown Lengthening

  • Establish a beautiful, less gummy smile
  • Improve periodontal health
  • Eat with comfort
  • Speak with confidence
  • Take beautiful photos!

Crown Lengthening Changed This Woman’s Life, Brought Tears To Her Eyes!


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How Does Crown Lengthening Work?



Lip Lowering

Another option to treat a gummy smile is with the lip lowering procedure. This is a minor plastic surgery procedure where the inside of the lip is attached closer to the tops of the teeth. We bring the attachment to the gum lower so that the lip doesn’t pull up as high when you smile. This also increases the fullness of the lip and makes it look more attractive. This procedure reduces the unwanted appearance of the gums and offers a proportionate, beautiful smile.

The procedure itself takes less than an hour with little to no pain or discomfort. Most patients return to work the next day and are fully recovered within a week. We recommend eating soft foods for a quick and speedy recovery.

A lip lowering or lip repositioning procedure can be done in a situation where the teeth are of normal size but the lip pulls up too high and displays an excessive amount of gum tissue, making the smile look “gummy”. The lip repositioning procedure reduces the degree of lip retraction and minimizes exposure of gingival tissue, allowing a more “normal,” pleasing smile. This also create a balance to the teeth, lips, and gums.


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Benefits of Lip Lowering

  • Increase the fullness of the upper lip
  • Establish a beautiful, less gummy smile
  • Does not result in external scarring
  • Fast recovery time
  • Eat, smile, and speak with comfort and confidence
  • Look better in photos!

In some occasions we may recommend both procedures to achieve the optimal result. We would do crown lengthening to lengthen the teeth, as well as lip lowering so that the lip does not pull up as high. In certain situations, this is the best option to eliminate a gummy smile.

How Does Lip Lowering Work?



Sedation Dentistry

We offer sedation dentistry for the most comfortable experience possible. Many patients prefer to be sedated and we offer three different types of sedation dentistry. You can opt for sedation for your gummy smile procedure to be administered in one of the following ways:

  1. Oral Sedation – A pharmacological agent administered prior to treatment to alleviate anxiety and help patients relax.
  2. Inhalation Sedation – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide offers a euphoric feeling that makes dental treatments more pleasant.
  3. IV Sedation – This is a deep sedation reserved for patients who want little or no memory of their dental visits.

We would love to help you achieve the smile of your dreams! Dr Nemeth has performed thousands of gummy smile treatments. We can change your life and smile. Give us a call with any questions.