If instead of a smile in the mirror all you see are pink gums staring back, a crown lengthening procedure may be in your future. Crown lengthening is an effective way to correct a gummy smile.
Why does my smile look so pink?
Your smile can appear gummy when too much gingival tissue covers the tooth.
This condition can be caused by variations in the way teeth erupt or develop in the mouth. Usually teeth stop moving through the gums and supportive bone in your late teens and early 20s as the upper and lower teeth come together and as soft tissues retreat and stabilize. Variations in this natural process can affect the way the teeth look in relation to the gums.
As little as an eighth of an inch of visible gum tissue can make the gumline appear out of proportion to the teeth. Your teeth may be the proper length, but they don’t look that way because of the excess gum tissue. Beautiful smiles generally have symmetry and its parts are in harmony with each other.
What can I do to get a more proportional smile?
Crown lengthening is often used for patients who desire a prettier smile, which in this case generally means a less gummy smile. By reducing and shaping the excess soft tissues and underlying bone, you can see more of your teeth. This treatment is very technique-specific. The experienced professionals at Big Smile Dental will first apply a numbing medication to the treatment area for your comfort.
The amount of time required for the procedure depends on the number of teeth treated. In some cases, removing a small amount of gum tissue will be sufficient to achieve your desired smile. In other cases, some bone will be removed as well.
If your smile hasn’t always been gummy and became that way due to the wear and tear that actually shortens the teeth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
Find out more about what to expect before, during, and after crown lengthening by scheduling an appointment at Big Smile Dental. Call 773-772-8400.