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First Dental Offers Crown Lengthening
As dentists, we often focus our attention on health and oral care. But that is not the only reason we’re good at what we do. For many, a healthy smile is not just important, it’s also something that makes people feel less self-confident.
If you’ve ever been ashamed to smile for the camera, or carefully eaten food when surrounded by others, we are happy to help you too! People who have what’s known as a “gummy” smile are those who feel that more teeth should be shown instead of more gum. As a patient of First Dental, your comfort, care, and confidence are what matters!
We have the perfect tools and procedures to correct the gummy smile, allowing you to participate in activities with confidence. The procedure is simple and can be done right in our office. It is known as “Crown Lengthening” and can be used for various reasons.
What is Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening is a cosmetic dental procedure that exposes more of your beautiful teeth that have been hiding under your gum line. The techniques that we use in crown lengthening are long-lasting and effective.
Classified as a surgical procedure, we remove pieces of the gum and bone that are obstructing the view of the tooth. This is a common technique that we use for dental crowns to expose more of the tooth. It can also be used to correct your gummy smile.
Due to the invasive nature of crown lengthening, it is vital to your safety and comfort to only have a professional Periodontist who specializes in gum disease and restorative dental procedures. We are happy to have you in for a consultation to weigh your options and tell you more!
Why Does Someone Need Crown Lengthening
As stated previously, crown lengthening can be used for a variety of reasons. Mainly for exposing more of the tooth to allow proper placement of dental crowns. We also use this procedure to work on broken or decaying teeth.
Of course, we also use this procedure for patients who simply want more of their teeth exposed. By removing a small part of the gum, we can achieve the look and confidence you’ve been longing for.
As qualified professionals, we are dedicated to giving you results that will make you happy and confident. When performing a crown lengthening procedure, there are steps that we take to ensure this outcome.
Depending on your needs, we can perform this procedure over one tooth or all of them. For your comfort, we begin by applying local anesthesia to the area that we are working. For some patients, we may use a heavier sedative if needed.
Once you are unable to feel anything in the area, our dentist will remove some of the gum tissue. It may be necessary to remove small portions of bone as well. We will discuss this during your consultation.
Once completed, we will then suture the gums sealing the work. Most often, patients can resume normal activities the next day.