Do you have too much gum tissue that it is causing you to have what is referred to as a “gummy smile?” Are you in need of a dental crown but do not have enough tooth structure to ensure successful placement? Short teeth can be an unwelcome reality for some individuals. If you are one of the many who dislike the amount of soft oral tissue surrounding your pearly whites, it may be time to consider a safe and effective solution – crown lengthening. Read on to discover the many benefits of this unique treatment and how you can improve your smile today.
What is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a cosmetic procedure that is commonly performed on an individual with excess gum tissue. Typically, it is a recommended method of treatment if you have a “gummy smile” where your teeth appear too short or “stubby,” or if you require a dental restoration (i.e., crown) but lack adequate tooth structure for permanent placement.
The process itself can take as little as half an hour or 1-2 hours depending on the number of teeth you will need to have lengthened as well as the type of technology and equipment used to complete the procedure.
What Are Its Benefits?
You will find that the benefits of crown lengthening are well worth the investment in your time and money, especially if you are eager to transform your appearance. When discussing your options with your cosmetic dentist, you will likely learn about the distinct advantages that can come with choosing this type of procedure, such as:
- It is performed using a soft tissue laser. Unlike a traditional scalpel and sutures that can take much longer be less precise, laser dentistry allows for a more comfortable experience and reduced recovery time. Not to mention, the laser itself cauterizes while it moves across the tissue, minimizing bleeding and swelling. You’ll also be less likely to develop an infection or complications after your procedure.
- You’ll lower your risk for gum disease. Having too much oral tissue surrounding your teeth can increase your risk for periodontal disease, especially since it can be much harder to keep clean. By removing excess tissue, you can enjoy greater oral health and keep your teeth and gums free of bad bacteria.
- You can save your natural tooth. If you have a severely decayed or damaged tooth that requires a custom restoration to save it from extraction, crown lengthening can make it possible to expose more of your additional tooth structure to ensure the installation of your dental crown is a success.
- You will improve your appearance. If you’re tired of being embarrassed by your “gummy smile,” crown lengthening will allow you to embrace a new appearance. The removal of excess gum tissue will provide an even and uniform look and give you the opportunity to enjoy a more comfortable and confident look.
Sometimes, it’s not just teeth that can hinder your appearance. If your gums are keeping you from enjoying life to its fullest, talk to your dentist about the potential for crown lengthening.
About the Author
Dr. John E. Russo earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida before achieving his dental DMD degree with honors from the University of Florida in 1993. He also earned his Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) from Wright-Patterson Medical Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
As a skilled cosmetic dentist, he can transform smiles using a variety of methods and technologies. From veneers to crown lengthening, patients can expect life-changing results that result in boosted confidence and a better quality of life. If you are ready to say goodbye to excess gum tissue, visit our website or call (407) 843-2112.