A “gummy” smile doesn’t have to be your reality. With esthetic crown lengthening, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted. During the procedure, Dr. Balle or Dr. Nguyen will remove excess gum and bone tissue to reshape the smile. The goal is to expose more of the natural tooth. Your dentist can perform the procedure on just one tooth, but it is often done on the entire smile. The result is exposing more of the natural tooth surface to create a wider, more beautiful smile.
Your dentist will perform the crown lengthening procedure to preserve the health of the smile as it stands and even works to improve it in the long run by making your oral care more manageable. Removing excess gum tissue with gum surgery can help with treating and preventing periodontal disease.
When your dentist increases the exposed surface of the tooth, it decreases the depth of periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums. Bacteria can often grow in these pockets, harm your oral health, and possibly lead to gum disease.
Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to enhance patient comfort. After the procedure, you will return for a follow-up appointment to evaluate your healing process.