When you have excess gum tissue, your otherwise beautiful teeth appear smaller than natural. In some cases, they may even look like baby teeth. Crown lengthening is a procedure that is designed to remove the excess tissue, restoring a natural gumline and improving the quality of your smile. Some patients undergoing a crown lengthening may also need to have a small amount of bone removed to help achieve the best possible results.
How Is a Crown Lengthening Done?
In the past, crown lengthening was performed using a scalpel, which could cause a significant amount of bleeding as well as pain and swelling. Today, we perform the procedure using a laser. The laser uses a concentrated beam of light that vaporizes tissue, cauterizing it as it cuts. This reduces the amount of bleeding that you may experience. Additionally, the laser is much more accurate than a scalpel, which reduces any pain and swelling you might experience.
Your procedure begins with a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided if you feel anxious. Small incisions are made in the gum tissue, enabling us to separate the tissue from your teeth. Next, the laser used to remove the excess tissue. If necessary, we also remove any bone that may be in the way. Once we have removed the necessary tissue, your gums are cleaned and then sutured securely back against your teeth. You will be able to see the results right away, and they will only continue to improve as you heal.
Other Uses for Crown Lengthening
While crown lengthening is commonly used for cosmetic purposes, the procedure also has some functional purposes as well.
If a gummy smile is holding you back, crown lengthening can help. Call LakeView Dental Arts to schedule your consultation today at (865) 248-2199.