If you think your smile shows too much gum, there’s a dental procedure that can make your teeth look bigger. Crown lengthening is a cosmetic procedure that lifts your gums to expose more of your teeth.
For crown lengthening, dentists and periodontists (gum specialists) work together to remove excess gum tissue around your upper teeth. The oral surgery procedure produces a more symmetrical smile to show off your pearly whites.
The cosmetic treatment only requires one procedure, one time in most cases.
Crown lengthening will make your teeth appear longer and more attractive, and after recovery, you can further improve your smile with cosmetic veneers or whitening.
In addition to cosmetic reasons, crown lengthening offers some dental benefits. The surgery will expose more tooth structure, making it easier to brush and floss to keep your teeth and gums healthy and decrease the risk of decay. Also, if decay is forming under the gum line, crown lengthening can uncover more of the tooth’s crown to make fillings and necessary restoration easier.
However, if you already have wide teeth, crown lengthening could open too much and make your teeth look too big and unnatural. As an experienced and respected cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest will examine your teeth and gums, then counsel you on the best treatment options for your case.