Esthetic crown lengthening is a procedure used to correct a "Gummy Smile". Many individuals have a non-pathologic condition called altered active or passive eruption that results in the appearance of short teeth and a "Gummy Smile". In reality, these individuals have beautiful teeth hidden behind a curtain of excess gum tissue. By removing this excess gum tissue, the proper proportions of the teeth are exposed, perfect gingival symmetry is created and a beautiful, esthetic smile is revealed.
The procedure involves reshaping or re-contouring the gum tissue and bone around the teeth in question to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship. Esthetic crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, several teeth or the the entire gum line.
One of the biggest advantages of this procedure is that it can be completed in just one visit. The benefits of an esthetic crown lengthening:
• Teeth that no longer look short or like “baby teeth”
• A much more attractive smile
• An improved self-image and self-confidence
• A relatively quick healing period with little to no discomfort
• Immediate visible results
Aside from the esthetic benefits of crown lengthening, correcting a “gummy” smile can also improve your overall periodontal health. When gum tissue does not recede normally as adult teeth emerge, pockets can form in the gums, which can result in advanced periodontal disease. By contouring the gums through crown lengthening, you can not only improve the look and confidence of your smile, but also prevent future problems.