727-799-6733 28469 US 19 N #401, Clearwater, FL 33761

Altered Eruption / "Gummy Smile" Procedure. Patients sometimes have excessive gum area covering the teeth, which leads to the appearance that the teeth are short.


This condition is often referred to as a "gummy smile".  With this procedure, Dr. Churney is able to position tissue to create a more pleasing length and esthetic outcome.

As teeth erupt, the tissue usually pulls back to a level at the enamel and root surface contact point on the tooth.  In many cases the tissue covers the enamel, which leads to the short appearance.  By and by placing tissue at this line the overall appearance of the smile improves.


Altered Eruption - "Gummy Smile" Procedure Pre opResults

  • More pleasing esthetic smile
  • Usually minimal discomfort
  • Extremely happy patient with more balanced and natural smile





Altered Eruption - "Gummy Smile" Procedure Post opWhat to Expect

  • Initial exam
  • Photos
  • Discussion
  • Surgical procedure a second appointment
  • Post-operative visits are usually at 1 week, 3 weeks and 8 week intervals



Sedative Options

  • Local anesthetic
  • This is an out-patient procedure

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Churney Periodontics Office Location

Take US 19 South. Go 1.25 miles after the Curlew intersection and MAKE A U-TURN at Republic Dr./Hammock Pine Blvd. RIGHT TURN into Auctioneer driveway. Follow drive around to back — Suite #401
Take US 19 North. Go past Countryside Mall. The next light will be Republic Drive/Hammock Pines Blvd. Travel .25 miles north. TURN RIGHT into Auctioneer driveway after Bob’s Carpet Mart. (Look for the orange roof.) Follow drive around to back — Suite #401
Churney Periodontics Dental Service 28469 US 19 North Suite 401
Clearwater, FL 33761