Your smile is the first thing someone notices about you. People form their first impressions based on the appearance of your smile. There was a time when, unless you made a lot of money or were born with perfect teeth, you had to live with your smile. Today, a wide range of cosmetic procedures is available to the average citizen, at a cost they can afford. If you have a gummy smile, or an uneven gum line, cosmetic "gum lift" surgery is for you.
Cosmetic dental surgery sculpts the gum line so that it is even and in proportion to the amount of exposed tooth versus gum. This procedure removes the excess gum and exposes more of the tooth crown. If you are unhappy with your smile, give us a call to discuss your options. After all, you only have one chance to make a first impression.
It is no secret that dentists are committed to saving teeth. This is why we provide root canal therapy or crown a tooth instead of pulling the tooth. This brings us to another common reason for the crown lengthening procedure
A tooth can decay to the point where restoration is virtually impossible without a procedure called crown lengthening. Crown lengthening is a routine surgical procedure, which remodels the contour of the gum line. The procedure does not actually lengthen the crown, but rather lowers the gum line. When there is not enough tooth structure to affix a crown, this is the only option. Sometimes a tooth has been broken below the gum line. In this instance, crown lengthening is very successful in exposing more of the tooth, so that the dentist has something to work with.