Are you unhappy with your smile because it looks too “gummy?” If so, crown lengthening might be the solution to giving you a beautiful new smile. This procedure works to minimize the extra gum that people see when you smile, making your teeth look longer and more attractive. Your dentist may recommend this procedure if it is determined that you are healthy enough for surgery and that crown lengthening can benefit your smile.

The Benefits of Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening differs from other cosmetic dentistry procedures because it is a permanent process, and once it is done, you won’t need to repeat the procedure further down the road. It will give you a more symmetrical, wider smile while also reducing your risk of tooth decay. Additionally, all of these great benefits can be enjoyed in a short amount of time, as the surgery will take an hour at maximum.

During the Procedure

Crown lengthening is generally performed by an oral surgeon, and your mouth will be properly numbed before the procedure begins. The surgeon will make small incisions in order to pull the gums from the teeth, and in some cases, the gums will be removed entirely. Most commonly they are just pulled back and sutured, and after surgery has been completed, they’ll be washed with a sterile salt water rinse in order to prevent infection.

After Your Procedure

xAfter your crown lengthening procedure, you’ll need to spend some time recovering before you’ll be ready to get out and show off your beautiful new smile. Some swelling and pain will occur after the procedure, but you can use ice and over-the-counter pain medications to relieve these symptoms.  The entire healing process will take about three months.

Now that you know more about crown lengthening, it is up to you to decide if this procedure will work for you. Talk to your dentist to determine how crown lengthening might be able to improve your smile.