Transform Your Gummy Smile with Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Take your smile from gummy to gorgeous with esthetic crown lengthening. This procedure is ideal for patients with large, highly visible gums. Show off more of your pearly whites!

I Have a Gummy Smile- What Are My Treatment Options?

When you smile, what do you see, gums or teeth? If your large gums are overshadowing your smile, you may have a gummy smile. Come see us to discuss your treatment options.

For a gummy smile, one of our favorite treatments is a procedure known as esthetic crown lengthening, a type of gum contouring. This procedure shapes and enhances the gum line contours and trims away excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth. It can be performed on one or more teeth, even the entire mouth if necessary. We recommend this procedure for patients with large, visible gums or for patients with small teeth.

There are many benefits to crown lengthening including:

  • Correct gum line irregularities for a more uniform gum appearance
  • Lengthen the appearance of the tooth
  • Improve the appearance of the gum line and its contours
  • Treat gum disease by removing excess gum tissue and reducing the depth of periodontal pockets
  • Improve tooth to gum ratio

Esthetic Crown Lengthening- What to Expect from Treatment

Crown lengthening is performed in our offices using a local anesthetic and /or sedation. Small incisions are made in the gum tissue and the excess tissue is removed. Some patients will need to have some bone tissue removed. This procedure can be performed on a single tooth, multiple teeth, on either the upper or lower arch, or on the full mouth. The treatment area is carefully rinsed and cleansed and the tissues are sutured. You’ll be able to go home the same day as your procedure.

After treatment, patients report feeling tenderness and swelling in the treatment area. We’ll give you specific recovery instructions and will check in on you a few times to gauge healing and assess progress. For some patients, crown lengthening will be the only treatment needed. Other patients may require other procedures in addition to crown lengthening.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening FAQs

Improve your gummy smile with crown lengthening. Contact our offices to schedule your consultation with one of our Austin, TX oral surgeons today. While you wait for your appointment, check out some commonly asked questions below:

  • How Can Crown Lengthening Improve My Oral Health?- Although many patients choose esthetic crown lengthening for cosmetic reasons, the procedure can improve and benefit your oral health. Removing excess or damaged gum tissue can reduce gingival pockets, areas on the gum line where bacteria can hide, and decay can develop. Exposing more tooth can make it easier to keep your teeth clean.
  • Is Crown Lengthening Right for Me? – Crown lengthening is an excellent treatment option for many patients. If you want to reduce your gummy smile, come see us and find out if this treatment is right for you. We generally recommend that patients be in good health. Perfect dental health is not necessary to be a candidate for this procedure. Many patients use crown lengthening as part of their treatment plan to improve tooth and gum health.
  • How Do I Choose a Surgeon for My Crown Lengthening? – If you need crown lengthening, we recommend working with a trained and experienced oral surgeon. Since oral surgeons perform surgical procedures on a regular basis, they are often better equipped than a standard dentist for complex treatments like crown lengthening.
  • What Is Recovery Like After Crown Lengthening? – Recovery timelines vary after crown lengthening, depending on the extent of the treatment. We may require a soft foods diet and careful dental care for the first few weeks.
  • Is Crown Lengthening Painful? – Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure and many patients experience discomfort, but the soreness usually is very managable. Pain medications can be used to keep you comfortable after treatment. We’ll explain your options for over-the-counter and prescription pain relief before treatment.
  • How Long Do Crown Lengthening Results Last?- Crown lengthening results are long lasting. Once removed, the gum tissue doesn’t typically grow back. Regular dental cleanings, daily flossing, and good home dental care will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Can Crown Lengthening Be Performed with Other Procedures?- Crown lengthening can be done on its own or paired with other procedures. Many of our dental implant patients will use crown lengthening to restore an even gum line after implant placement.

A beautiful smile starts with healthy, even gums. If you have a gummy smile, come see us to discuss your treatment options. Call today and schedule your gum contouring consultation at Hill Country Oral Surgery.

Gum Grafting: Get that Healthy, Attractive Smile Back!

Do you have gum recession? Gum disease, genetics, and lifestyle habits, and other factors can cause the delicate gum tissues to recede, exposing more of the tooth and increasing the risk of tooth decay. Unfortunately, once gum tissue is lost, it generally doesn’t return. Restore function and beauty to your appearance with gum grafting. Learn how this procedure can enhance your oral health.

What Is Gum Grafting?

Gum grafts are used to cover the roots of the teeth and restore a healthy, attractive smile after gum recession. Several options are available for gum grafting, but one of the most common is known as connective tissue grafting. In this procedure, tissue is removed from a donor site, often the roof of the mouth, and attached to the gum tissue near the treatment area. This grafted tissue will take hold over time, creating new, healthy gum tissue and restoring the appearance of your gums.

Since there are many types of gum grafting available and many sources for the tissue, we’ll discuss your options in depth during your consultation. Your treatment options will vary depending on the condition of your gums and your treatment needs.

What Are the Benefits of Gum Grafting?

Many patients choose gum grafting for aesthetic reasons, but looks aren’t the only reason to consider this procedure. A gum graft can halt further gum recession and bone loss. It covers the exposed roots and helps to protect them from tooth decay. It can reduce tooth sensitivity. Improve your appearance and your dental health with gum grafting.

Do I Need Gum Grafting?

For minor gum recession, gum grafting may not be needed. Talk with your dentist about the best treatment options for your gum recession. Once gum loss is more advanced, gum grafting is often the most effective treatment option. You may need gum grafting if:

  • You have been told by your dentist that gum grafting is needed.
  • You have moderate to severe gum recession.
  • You have exposed roots and want to restore a more youthful and attractive smile.
  • You want to improve your dental health after gum recession.

If you do need gum grafting, visit an oral surgeon to discuss your options. Gum grafting is a complex and delicate procedure and requires a highly skilled surgeon for optimal results.

Recovery After Gum Grafting- What to Expect

A successful gum graft requires careful attention during the recovery process. Good surgery alone won’t lead to lasting results if you don’t do your part during recovery. Follow our recovery instructions carefully and get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Be Gentle– During the initial stages of recovery, your graft is held in place only by sutures. It takes time for a biological seal to develop and any trauma, even slight trauma, to the area can disrupt healing and cause a full or partial loss of the graft.
  • Wear Your Palatal Stent- A palatal stent is placed at the donor site to aid with healing. Keep it in place for 48 hours, after which it can be removed for cleaning. After 48 hours, you only need to wear the stent as needed for comfort.
  • Limit Physical Activity– Limit yourself to light physical activity for the first 10 days.
  • Diet– We’ll provide very specific diet instructions during the healing process. Pay careful attention to these instructions. For the first 48 hours, we require a liquid only diet. On the third day, you can add in soft purees. Soft foods, with no chewing on the donor site, can be resumed after one week and harder foods after two weeks. Do not chew on the graft site for at least 4 weeks.
  • Don’t Brush Until Instructed- Do not brush the graft site until we give the go-ahead. After you have been cleared to resume brushing, use only an ultra-soft toothbrush and take care to brush away from the graft, upward toward the top of the teeth.

How Can I Prevent Gum Recession?

After gum grafting, take care of your teeth to prevent future problems from occurring. Gum grafting provides long lasting results and many patients will not need retreatment. Good dental hygiene and proper care of your teeth and gums will increase the longevity of your graft.

  • Brush 2x daily with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Follow your dentist’s advice for proper brushing and flossing.
  • Floss daily.
  • Visit your dentist every 6 months, more often if needed.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Address dental problems quickly should they occur.

Restore your smile and dental health with gum grafting. If you have gum recession, come into our offices to learn more about this restorative procedure.