In some cases, excess gum tissue has developed over the “Crown” part of the tooth. This may leave the appearance of a “Gummy” smile and short looking teeth. This extra tissue can develop for a variety of reasons such as inflammation due to bacteria and reactions to medication. If not removed, this excess tissue could continue to become more enlarged or initiate bone loss over time.


After achieving anesthesia in the area to be treated, excess tissue is removed and the tissue contoured to the appropriate levels around the teeth. Frequently no sutures are needed. If necessary, dissolvable sutures are used.  Unless sedation is used for this procedure, patients typically return to work the same day.