For some people, the gums can grow over the tooth’s surface and create what is known as a “gummy smile.” If this is the case for you, and if you wish to make your teeth appear longer, we invite you to call Dental Specialties of West Chester today at 513-682-2345 and see if you qualify for crown lengthening. Our periodontist often recommends this periodontal procedure to patients who are looking to improve the appearance of their gum line and teeth. Whether this is a recommended pre-procedure or just a way to show off more of your smile, Dr. Barry Simms offers safe and functional crown lengthening in West Chester, Ohio.
Crown lengthening is a gum treatment that has both functional and aesthetic purposes. We may recommend crown lengthening if your appearance is affected by what is sometimes called a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile is one in which the teeth appear abnormally short because of excessive gum tissue. The gum tissue may appear too bulky, or it might look like the gums come down over your teeth too far. In most cases, a gummy smile is the result of excessive gum tissue covering teeth that are a normal length and shape. To correct this problem and give you a smile you can show off with pride, our dentist may suggest crown lengthening. During this treatment, we will simply remove a small amount of the gum tissue, revealing more of the tooth structure and giving your smile a more aesthetic appearance. This usually requires just one visit to our office.
We may also recommend crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental treatment possible. If the tooth is broken below or very close to the gum line, or if insufficient tooth structure is left for a restoration, our dentist may use crown lengthening to expose more of the tooth so a restoration like a crown or bridge can be placed.
To learn more about the uses and benefits of crown lengthening, we welcome you to contact our office today.