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Gum Conditions

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

You may have wondered if there are any procedures to improve a “gummy” smile in which the teeth appear to be short. Your teeth may actually be the proper length, but they are covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, a periodontist performs an esthetic crown lengthening procedure.

During the esthetic crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. Precise measurements of each tooth are taken beforehand to ensure the proper amount of tissue is removed. This can be done to one tooth or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile. Most cases expose four or five teeth.

Questions to ask if you are considering an esthetic crown lengthening procedure:

  • How many teeth need to be lengthened?
  • Does dental insurance sometimes cover this even though it is a cosmetic procedure?
  • How long will it take for the gum tissue to heal?
  • Will I need stitches?
  • What happens if I need one or two teeth touched up in the future?

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