What is Crown Lengthening Surgery?
Esthetic crown lengthening is used to expose natural teeth covered by excessive gum tissue. When you smile, you may notice that your gums are very noticeable or you notice a ”gummy smile”. Crown lengthening can be completed to expose your natural teeth and leave you with a more natural and beautiful smile.
The gum tissue is removed to the cemento-enamel junction or the line where the root surface meets the enamel surface. The gum tissue is contoured to achieve an aesthetically pleasing look. Once the gums have been contoured to an appropriate level, the gum tissue is lifted back and the underlying bone is also contoured to prevent regrowth of the gum tissue. This procedure of bone removal can only be completed once bodily growth has been completed. The procedure is recommended in teenagers over 16 or adults. If excess gum tissue is a problem before full growth has been achieved, a gingivectomy (removal of only gum tissue) is recommended. Dissolving sutures are then placed to keep the gum tissue stabilized at the chosen level. THe sutures dissolve in about 1 week.
With this procedure, patients say they have little if any pain, but are immediately satisfied with the results. Please contact our periodontists at PerioLife to see if you are a candidate for esthetic crown lengthening or cosmetic dental surgery.