Gummy Teeth Treatment
Gummy Smiles Can Be Fixed Without Surgery
How to Fix a Gummy Smile with Crown Lengthening
An alternative to veneers or crowns is a gingivectomy (commonly called crown lengthening), which will reduce the amount of gum tissue on your teeth to make the teeth appear more proportionate. In crown lengthening, the gum tissue is cut or repositioned to expose more of the tooth’s bone structure.
The majority of crown lengthening procedures are performed for one of two reasons. This procedure can be used to fix a gummy smile where more gum is visible than teeth. If a tooth requires a crown or filling, but there isn’t enough tooth structure to support it, crown lengthening can also be used. Nowadays, the main reason for crown lengthening is purely aesthetic.
Depending on the individual’s tooth structure and the reason for crown lengthening, the process for crown lengthening is quite simple and precise. It is necessary to see your dentist in advance of the procedure, who will take x-rays and prepare your teeth.
Before getting the crown lengthening surgery at the Blackburn Focus Dental Clinic, you will undergo a thorough examination to determine what is the best procedure for rectifying your gummy smile.
Laser Gum Contouring
In contrast to gingivectomy, laser gum contouring contours the gums and moves the gum line back using a laser. Gingivectomy procedures are minimally invasive, reshape the gum line, and are often performed for cosmetic and aesthetic reasons rather than a medical necessity. The amount of gum tissue removed will vary depending on your mouth and gum shape, and laser gum contouring can sometimes remove more than a traditional gingivectomy.
You will most likely be given a local anesthetic for either laser gum contouring or a traditional gingivectomy. In both cases, you are likely to experience minor amounts of discomfort, though the amount of discomfort you experience will vary based on how much gum is removed. If you have any questions about your procedure options, ask your dentist for more information.