Advanced Periodontal Care From Your Family Dental Practice
As a full-service practice, we are proud to offer crown lengthening, an advanced periodontal procedure that removes excess tissue from around the teeth to improve smile esthetics and oral health. Overgrown, infected, bulbous or excess of gum tissue not only affects the appearance of your smile – it also increases your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. An overabundance of gum tissue can inhibit the treatment and restoration of tooth decay or damage to teeth that has occurred at or beneath the gumline. At Select Dental, our multi-specialty team uses expert crown lengthening techniques to eliminate excess tissue for improved oral health, while sculpting the gum line to bring cosmetic appeal and better tooth-to-gum ratio to your smile.
Gummy Smile Treatment With Esthetic Crown Lengthening
Esthetic crown lengthening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure we routinely perform to reverse the effects of a “gummy smile,” or the appearance of short teeth. We use our gentle soft tissue dental laser to reshape and recontour the gum tissue. Esthetic crown lengthening effectively reveals a greater surface area of tooth structure to evenly frame your teeth for a balanced and improved cosmetic appeal. With our minimally invasive approach to crown lengthening, patients experience little discomfort, heal more quickly and achieve faster end results.
In some patients, tooth decay or damage lies too close to the gum tissue for us to effectively repair or leaves too little tooth structure to hold a restoration. In these cases, we perform functional crown lengthening. Our functional crown lengthening technique removes a small area of gum and bone tissue from around the affected tooth, increasing the amount of tooth structure available to which we can place a restoration (such as a crown, filling or bridge). We also use crown lengthening in some porcelain veneer cases. Removing excess gum tissue in the smile zone creates the space needed to ensure a proper fit for porcelain veneers.
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