Periodontic Hyperplasia Lasing
      Gummy Smile Recontouring
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Edward Brant, DDS, MS
Periodontist Specialist
Gummy Smiles Cosmetics
447 Lake Avenue
Saint James, NY 11780
(631) 584-4395

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Periodontal Hyperplasia: Gummy Smiles

Gum Tissue Overgrowth: Causes

Gummy Hyperplasia Tissue Build Up
Excess - Unwanted Gingiva Tissue
One of the most common occurences of excess gum tissue seen today is typically associated with youngsters and teenagers wearing orthodontic appliances.

The brackets and wires interfere significantly with normal oral hygiene. Without specialized oral hygiene products (solutions, water irrigation devices, e.g., WaterPik) or additional "sense of purpose" many patients will experience a frustrating overgrowth of tissue.

Certain medications can also accelerate the growth of unwanted gum tissue (e.g., diabetic medications, seizure meds, etc.) while for other patients a gummy smile can be a natural endowment of familial genetics.

Self Cauterizing Pain Free Laser
Self Cauterizing Tissue Ablating
Tooth structures that have not fully erupted and the failure of primary teeth being replaced by secondary adult teeth can also routinely cause the gummy smile appearance.

Gum Tissue Laser Treatment

Popular Gum Laser Contouring

Soft tissue lasers have long been the technology of choice for performing a variety of periodontal procedures in our office. No other technology offers the precision and treatment comfort that is the hallmark of advanced lasers.

30 days one month Post Op
One Week Post Operative Healing
Practically painless and self cauterizing, laser tissue modification minimizes the risk of exposure, infection complications and nearly eliminates unusual scarring. Many patients complete a gingival tissue or gummy smile makeover with degrees of success that are second only to the handiwork of Mother Nature.

Gingiva Contouring and Crown Lengthening

Gingival overgrowth or the appearance of it that is associated with developmental or maturational events (rather than medication events, for example) oftentimes have a minor need for modifing the bone structure or edges at the gum line (Cemento Enamel Junction).

Gummy Smile Cure
Final Gum Contouring Outcome
The experienced gum laser specialist (periodontist, cosmetic laser dentist) routinely assesses the need for this type of hard tissue modification, producing very natural results.

The failure to perform an analysis and treatment of the CEJ (as needed) creates outcomes that can destroy the papilla tissue. The gumline or individual arching over each tooth can appear abrupt and, for some patients, have an inflammed and/or puffy appearance.

Cosmetically, unnatural appearing or "lost" papilla tissue can obliterate the cosmetic "gestalt" of an entire upper or lower arch, which patients normally report as feeling or looking like fake teeth. The preservation of natural papilla is critical for crown and veneer dentistry.

Recreating a Natural Gumline

In cases where the delicate papilla has receded or become inflammed due to inadequate treatment of the Cemento Enamel Junction, Dr. Brant can, for many patients, employ proprietary methods of modifying tissue structures so the necessary physical relationships between bone and gingiva are restored or recreated, facilitating the regrowth of the papilla.

Visit our Photo Gallery to see more examples of how gummy tissue overgrowth can be modified to create the good looks everyone wants for their smile.


Patients who have specific questions about gum contouring for treating a gummy appearance or possible retreatments to recreate what was previously lost are invited to contact Dr. Brant directly with our Ask The Dentist form. Dr. Brant will respond to you directly with the answers or information you are seeking.

Call our office at (631) 584-4395 to schedule a complimentary consultation or use our on-line Consult Request to learn more about laser based tissue modification for smile line rehabilitation and the renowned Golden Rule of Proportions so popular in gum tissue makeovers.

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Suffolk County Long Island
Edward Brant, D.D.S., M.S.
447 Lake Avenue
Long Island Implant Reconstructive Periodontics
St James, NY 11780
Phone: (631) 584-4395 - Fax: (631) 584 - 4398