December 3, 2015 Categories: Cosmetic Dental Procedures

cosmetic crown lengtheningAre you concerned about the appearance of your smile? Do you consider your grin too “gummy?” If so, you will be excited to learn about a procedure that can help. It is called Cosmetic Crown Lengthening, and it can transform your appearance, giving you the beautiful smile that you have always desired.

What is Cosmetic Crown Lengthening?

Sometimes a smile can appear gummy – meaning that a person’s tooth length seems unnaturally short in proportion to their gums. Oftentimes, there is not an actual structural problem with the teeth themselves, but the appearance can cause people to feel uncomfortable with their smiles nonetheless.

What many patients do not know is that this issue can be easily corrected with cosmetic crown lengthening. Cosmetic crown lengthening uncovers more of the tooth, making the teeth appear longer.

What is the Process for Cosmetic Crown Lengthening?

Fortunately, the process for cosmetic crown lengthening is a relatively simple one. All you need to do is schedule an appointment at our office or ask your dentist for a referral.

When you come in, we will evaluate your smile, discuss the procedure, and determine whether or not you would make a good candidate for crown lengthening.

If we determine that cosmetic crown lengthening is an ideal solution for you, we will then set up an hour-long appointment for the procedure itself. At your appointment, you will be given a local anesthetic and then we will scale back the gum tissue to expose more of the tooth.

In some cases, bone may need to be removed near the roots of the tooth. But not to worry – the procedure itself is a painless one! Once it is complete, your gums will be stitched up, and the surgical area will be cleansed with sterile salt water.

What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Crown Lengthening?

The major benefit of Crown lengthening is the evening out of your gum line, which makes your teeth look more uniform while also giving you a natural-looking smile. The procedure improves the appearance of your smile and in many cases without the need for crowns or veneers.

Another benefit of this procedure is the satisfaction of the patients. Most of them are absolutely thrilled with the results. After so many years of being self-consciousness and uncomfortable, our patients can finally feel proud and excited to show off their gorgeous smiles.

Cosmetic crown lengthening does not just enhance smiles, however. It also significantly improves self-esteem and self-confidence.

What Is the Healing Process Like?

Immediately after the procedure, you can expect mild swelling. We recommend that you apply ice to the area to reduce the swelling. About a week later, you will return to our office to have your stitches removed. We may suggest that you return in another 4 to 6 weeks so that we can see how your mouth has healed.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks with crown lengthening. And some patients report increased sensitivity to hot and cold sensations, but side effect typically fades over time.

How Can I Schedule an Appointment?

Simply call our office at 614.478.7757 or click here to fill out our online appointment request form. Not only is it easy to schedule an appointment with us, but you will also love our convenient location in Gahanna.