Crown lengthening is a common cosmetic procedure that is performed to restore a natural, healthy, beautiful gum line by removing excess gum tissue that is making your teeth appear small. For some patients, some bone may also need to be removed to achieve the optimal results. Once the procedure is complete, the results are noticeable right away and will continue to improve as you heal.
How is a Crown Lengthening Done?
Crown lengthening used to be performed with a scalpel. Today, however, with advances in dental technology, we perform the procedure using a dental laser. Rather than a sharp blade, the laser uses a concentrated beam of light that cuts through the gums, cauterizing the tissue at the same time. Because the tissue is cauterized, bleeding is minimized. The laser also provides pinpoint accuracy, which limits the amount of pain and swelling that patients experience after the procedure is complete.
The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic. Once the anesthetic takes effect, small incisions are made in the gums, which allows us to separate the gums from the teeth. The laser is then used to remove the excess gum tissue and shape a more natural gum line. If necessary, bone is removed as well. Once complete, the tissue is sutured back over the teeth. Once you have fully healed, you are left with a beautiful smile that you will want to show off at every opportunity.
Functional Crown Lengthening
While crown lengthening is often a cosmetic procedure, it does serve some functional purposes as well.
If a gummy smile is detracting from your smile and causing you to feel self-conscious, a crown lengthening may be the solution. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Solutions Dental Implants at (623) 556-5442 today.