You may be embarrassed to smile fully if you have a gummy smile, but a cosmetic crown lengthening procedure can help to create a more attractive smile. Learn more about gummy smiles here…
What is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a procedure that allows for the exposure of more tooth structure in comparison to the gums. The reshaping of the gums for a desired tooth, or multiple teeth can lead to the adjustment of the newly exposed bone level. There are many dental conditions that may require crown lengthening as part of the restorative procedure.
What Causes Gummy Smiles?
A gummy smile occurs when there is an excess amount of gum tissue and bone covering the surface of the tooth. This can make your teeth appear much shorter and asymmetrical. Periodontal plastic surgery can remove and reshape the gums and bone to create a more attractive appearance.
Reasons to Seek Treatment
- A gummy smile is considered to be less attractive.
- Gummy smiles can make you feel self-conscious.
- An excessive amount of gum tissue can increase the risk of gum disease.
Who is a Good Candidate for Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening serves both restorative and cosmetic purposes. A gummy smile is often the reason for this procedure, however there are many dental conditions that can lead to the necessity of this procedure. Some reasons include the following:
- Severe tooth decay, where the decay extends below the gum line.
- Tooth fractures that occur beneath the gum line.
- Cosmetic work to enhance the placement for veneers, crowns, or bridges.
Gum Lift Procedure
If you are very self-conscious about your gummy smile, you may be a good candidate for an esthetic crown lengthening procedure. This procedure only takes about an hour to perform and is also known as a gum lift. The procedure involves removing excess gum and bone tissue to reshape the smile. This results in exposing more of the natural tooth surface to create a wider and more beautiful smile. Dr. Moskowitz may also recommend this procedure to preserve the health of your smile.
Gum Reduction Procedure
In some cases, the functional crown lengthening procedure will be necessary as part of a cosmetic or restorative procedure. If you have teeth that are broken below the gum line or there is not enough tooth structure available to accommodate a tooth restoration, you will need to undergo a gum reduction procedure. Dr. Moskowitz will make small incisions to reshape the gum tissue and bone and place sutures to promote healing.
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