Cosmetic Gum Treatment in Annapolis & Calvert


Gum Treatment to Enhance the Health and Beauty of Your Smile


This is an example of a “gummy smile”, above, and the cosmetic correction, below.

When the teeth are covered by too much gum, the teeth can appear too short and result in what is commonly called a “gummy smile.” Excess gum tissue growth can make the gumline around the teeth look uneven. When a gumline recedes, teeth can appear too long.

These conditions can affect the beauty of your smile and make it harder to prevent decay or gum disease. Dr. Schultheis uses minimally invasive treatments to restore your proper gumline and give you a healthier, more beautiful smile.

Dental laser for minimally invasive treatment

Dr. Schultheis uses a dental laser to perform cosmetic gum treatments. Laser incisions are more precise than those made by conventional instruments. They also heal faster and cause much less postoperative discomfort.

Fixing a Gummy Smile

Gummy SmileGummy smiles are basically the result of too much gum and bone covering the crowns of the teeth, making the teeth look too short. This can cause people to feel self-conscious about their smile, or even hide their smile completely.

Underexposed crowns are harder to clean thoroughly, which can lead to decay or gum disease. It is also more difficult to treat cavities or fractures on teeth that are covered by too much gum.

Dr. Schultheis can correct a gummy smile by gently removing the excess gum and bone tissue covering the teeth, and resculpting the gumline around each tooth to its proper position. The result is a healthy, aesthetic smile line.

Recontouring an Uneven Gumline

Your teeth can be straight, white and healthy, but the beauty of your smile can still be diminished by an uneven gumline. An uneven gumline can make a smile look lopsided. It can also make the teeth look unappealing.

Dr. Schultheis corrects this by gently recontouring the gumline around the teeth so the gums are the correct shape and are completely symmetrical across your smile. Your gumline will have a natural-looking and even appearance—which is very aesthetic.

Gum Grafting to Rebuild a Full Gumline

The gums can recede away from the teeth for a variety of reasons, such as gum disease and aggressive tooth brushing. Gum recession makes the teeth appear too long, and can make someone look older than they are. It also makes the tooth roots sensitive and makes them vulnerable to wear and decay. Tooth root surfaces are softer than dental enamel and are not as well protected.

Dr. Schultheis can restore the full gumline around teeth with minimally invasive gum grafting procedures. When you have full and proper gum coverage, your teeth won’t be overly sensitive and your smile line will look youthful, healthy and aesthetic.

$279 Cosmetic Consultation

If you think you may need cosmetic treatment for your gums, or if you just want to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry options, come and see Dr. Schultheis for a Cosmetic Consultation. You will receive the following:


  • Full evaluation of your smile
  • Review before & after photos
  • Cosmetic imaging using special smile design software
  • Consultation with the doctor
  • Discuss treatment options
  • All questions answered

A $679 Value!
*The $279 fee will be applied to your treatment.

To make an appointment, call (410) 324-6271 (Calvert), (410) 324-6370 (Annapolis) or click here to request an appointment online.