Some individuals are born with excessive gum tissue covering an abnormally large portion of their teeth. When these people smile, usually much of their gum tissue is revealed and their teeth appear unusually small in comparison. This condition is known colloquially as a “gummy smile.” Fortunately, for people concerned with the appearance of this condition, a relatively simple procedure called an “esthetic crown lengthening” can remedy this problem.
To improve appearance, more tooth material must be uncovered than is currently available below the gum line. We can use an esthetic crown lengthening to achieve this outcome. This procedure is a gentle cosmetic process that contours the gum line and removes excessive gingiva (gum tissue).
An esthetic crown lengthening involves accessing the area below the gum line and increasing the amount of healthy tooth material exposed. Before beginning the procedure, the area is numbed. Then we remove excess tissue from the tooth surface and sculpt the gum line. This procedure lengthens the appearance of the tooth, making the teeth appear larger.
Esthetic crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth or on an entire gum line. Additionally, we can utilize laser technology as opposed to a traditional scalpel. Patients who choose to receive a crown lengthening using a laser experience reduced bleeding, heightened comfort, less pain and swelling, and shortened healing time. Additionally, the procedure is performed in one sitting with little to no downtime.
In conclusion, an esthetic crown lengthening is an effective remedy for the appearance of small teeth, excessive gingiva, and an uneven gum line. Are you unhappy with your smile? Give us a call at (919) 518-8222. We’d love to discuss your options with you.