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While your teeth are the main feature of your smile, they are not the only piece to the puzzle. Your gum tissues can also affect the esthetics of your smile. Some people have an excessive amount of gum tissue that covers more of the tooth’s crown. This is known as a “gummy smile.” If you have a gummy smile, your teeth may appear shorter than they are. At Implants & Periodontal Arts we offer a procedure, known as crown lengthening, which can drastically improve the esthetics of a gummy smile.
Reasons for Crown Lengthening
By removing excess gum tissue, we expose more of the crown, giving you a brighter, more beautiful smile. However, the crown lengthening procedure has both cosmetic and restorative value. We may recommend a crown lengthening if there is not enough enamel that sticks out above the gum tissue to support a filling or crown. This usually happens due to injury or trauma that breaks the tooth off at the gum line. It can also happen when an existing filling or crown falls out, revealing decay underneath. A crown lengthening may be the only way to place or replace a filling or crown.
Crown Lengthening Procedure
Dr. Chandan Walia will determine whether or not you are a candidate for the crown lengthening procedure during a consultation visit. Your consultation may include an extensive review of your dental and medical history, x-rays, and CBCT scans. Once we have developed an appropriate treatment plan, we will set a date for surgery.
During preparation for surgery, you may need a professional tooth cleaning. We may also address instances of tooth decay and gum disease before we proceed with treatment. Once you are in good oral health, we can begin the surgery.
To numb the area and reduce discomfort, we will administer local anesthetic. Next, we will make several incisions in the gums to pull the tissue away from the tooth. Even if only one tooth is involved, we may need to target the neighboring teeth as well. This allows the tissues to heal evenly, which improves the esthetics of your smile. In most cases, we also remove a small amount of the underlying bone. The duration of the procedure depends on the number of teeth involved, and the amount of tissue. Once we expose enough of the tooth, we will wash the surgical area, and suture the incisions.
After Your Crown Lengthening
Once the surgery is complete, we will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions. You may also be given prescriptions for an antibacterial mouth rinse and a pain reliever. For the first few hours, use ice or a cold compress on your face to reduce swelling in the area of surgery. We will also ask you to stick to a soft diet in the following days.
Minor swelling, bleeding, and soreness is common. If these symptoms persist or worsen after the first few days, be sure to contact us immediately. These complications are rare, but they do occur. Be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment four to six weeks after your surgery so that we can monitor your progress.
Schedule Your Consultation Appointment Today!
If you are interested in the crown lengthening procedure call 480-963-2787, and schedule a consultation appointment today!
Implants & Periodontal Arts / Endo Arts
Chandan Walia D.D.S.
3800 W Ray Road, Ste B6 Chandler, AZ 85226
Mon 9:00 - 5:00
Tue 9:00 - 5:00
Wed 9:00 - 5:00
Thu 9:00 - 5:00
Fri 9:00 - 5:00
Sat 9:00 - 2:00