Crown Lengthening and Gummy Smile Reduction – You have probably seen people with what you would consider short teeth, or a “gummy” smile. While it may appear that their teeth are shorter than normal, it’s often just a case of teeth being hidden behind the gums. By repositioning the gum line, you can improve your smile and the contours of your face.
One of the major advantages of crown lengthening is that it can often be completed in one visit with a simple anesthetic. Essentially, the excessive gum tissue that is hiding your teeth is removed to expose the normal length of the tooth.
With crown lengthening, you’ll benefit from:
- enhanced teeth that no longer look short or like “baby teeth”
- a much more attractive smile
- an improved self-image and more self-confidence
- a relatively quick healing period with little pain
- visible results in as little as one week from surgery
Aside from the esthetic benefits of crown lengthening, correcting a “gummy ” smile can also improve your overall periodontal health. When gum tissue does not recede normally as adult teeth appear, pockets can form in the gums, which can result in advanced periodontal disease. By contouring the gums through crown lengthening, you can not only improve the look and confidence of your smile, but also prevent future problems.