One gum treatment that has both practical and cosmetic benefits is crown lengthening. If you have what’s commonly referred to as a “gummy smile,” where your teeth look shorter due to excessive gum tissue, we might recommend this procedure. A gummy smile often results from too much gum tissue covering teeth of normal length and shape. Our dentist may suggest crown lengthening to address this issue and give you a more attractive smile. During this treatment, we remove a small amount of gum tissue, exposing more of the tooth structure and enhancing the appearance of your smile. Usually, this just necessitates a single trip to our office.
Crown lengthening can also be recommended for a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure. Our dentist may utilize crown lengthening to expose more of the tooth, enabling the installation of the appropriate restoration if a tooth is damaged below or very near the gum line or if there is insufficient tooth structure for a restoration like a crown or bridge.
For additional information regarding the benefits and applications of crown lengthening, please contact our office right now.