When your gums dominate your smile, a condition often called a “gummy smile”, you may find them more noticeable than you’d like, and become self-conscious about your appearance. By repositioning the periodontium, we can make your teeth look proportionately more correct, improving your tooth-to-gum ratio and eliminating that gummy smile. Any time you’re undergoing crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons, our team will take great care to preserve the natural shape of your gums. You’ll be able to smile again broadly without any embarrassment and no longer have to be unhappy with your smile!
With crown lengthening, our team carefully removes some of the gum tissue around your tooth or teeth. This will give us access to any decay that may need to be removed or treated, as well as clear the way for a dental crown as we expose more of the surface of your teeth to allow them to be restored on healthy sound tooth structure. We can usually complete a crown lengthening treatment during just one appointment ! It can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth, or on your entire gum line. Most crown lengthening procedures are very straightforward, leaving little or no post-operative discomfort. We remove your sutures and any dressing after about two weeks. Expect complete gum healing to take anywhere from 8-12 weeks.