Excessive or bulky gums can certainly make your teeth look too small and your smile too gummy. Dr. Patel knows that a gummy smile is more than just a cosmetic concern. It can also create serious functional and mechanical complications when it comes to common dental restorations such as dental crowns, veneers, and bridges. To ensure that these restorations fit well and look natural, it is often necessary to surgically reduce the height of the gum tissue and bone around one tooth or several teeth.
As the name implies, this procedure lengthens the crown, or the portion of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line.
Crown lengthening erases the appearance of a gummy smile and brings balance to the gum line.
From a functional perspective, crown lengthening creates enough healthy and sound tooth structure to support a stable restoration. It produces a larger surface area for anchoring a dental crown or bridge, and it creates a more ideal relationship between the height of the bone and the bottom edge of a new restoration. From a cosmetic perspective, crown lengthening erases the gummy smile and brings balance to the gum line. Excess gum tissue can be removed, bulky gums can be reduced, and an irregular gumline can be brought into proportion.
Whether crown lengthening has been recommended around a single tooth or several teeth, Dr. Patel can complete your surgery in the comfort of the dental office. Modern, efficient technology has made it possible to perform crown lengthening with precision and predictability. Local anesthesia and gentle sedation are important components of the procedure, helping to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout your visit.
For more information on the ways that crown lengthening can enhance your restorative treatment or your cosmetic goals, contact our office to reserve your consultation today.