Designer smiles can do more for you than designer jeans.
When you’re more confident in your smile, you’re more confident all the way around. So if you look in the mirror and see a lot of gum, with teeth that seem too short or square—you might wonder ‘what if.’
The good news is: You don’t have to settle for a smile that doesn’t make you happy. If your smile has a “gummy” look, chances are your teeth are of normal length; they’re just covered up by too much gum.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening: Crown Lengthening is a procedure designed to re-establish the proper relationship between bone and enamel on the tooth. Your teeth need 3 millimeters of root before bone. We remove excess bone and gum that is too close to tooth enamel. Once the extra gum and bone is gone, voila! Your esthetically pleasing smile is revealed.
Functional Crown Lengthening: Sometimes you need a new crown but your tooth is decayed below the gum line. If this happens, we can perform a therapeutic surgical crown lengthening. We adjust the levels of gum and underlying bone to expose more root surface so your dentist has more tooth to work with. And can then remove the decay to ensure a healthy home and proper fit for your new crown.
After surgery. After crown-lengthening surgery, you’ll generally need to wait 4 to 6 weeks for your gums to settle into their new position before getting your final crown. If it’s in an esthetic area, you may wait even longer because the gums may continue to shrink slightly for up to 12 weeks. Because you’ll want a crown that fits perfectly and looks Pristine.
Most crown-lengthening procedures are straightforward with minimal post-operative discomfort. To learn more about either cosmetic or functional crown lengthening, click here.
This patient-treatment video explains the crown-lengthening procedure.
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