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. At Baltimore Periodontics Lasers & Dental Implants, we are able to restore your confidence by performing teeth lengthening to reveal more of the tooth for not only a greater cosmetic appeal, but it can also help for more restorative dentistry procedures.
What is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening also known as teeth 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. These procedures include, but are not limited to the support for a filing or a new dental crown. Within our Catonsville office, Dr. Moskowitz will discuss with you an individualized plan to insure the results you are looking for.
What is a Gummy Smile?
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. Some patients feel self conscious about their smile and desire periodontal plastic surgery to help remove and reshape the gums and bone for a more attractive appearance.
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.
- Inadequate tooth length due to wear
- Tooth fractures that occur beneath the gum line.
- Cosmetic work to enhance the placement for veneers, crowns, or bridges.
Crown Lengthening 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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