Crown Lengthening for a Less Gummy Smile

Find out how crown lengthening could give you the smile you want.

We all know how important symmetry is for attractiveness and beauty, especially when it comes to our smiles. So when you have a smile that is mostly dominated by your gums, you may feel embarrassed by your appearance. Luckily, this is a fairly easy fix. Our Albuquerque, NM, dentists Drs. Jason & Kerry Ross specialize in cosmetic dentistry, with services such as crown lengthening, which allow us to improve “gummy smiles” to give you the symmetrical smile you’re looking for.

Why do gummy smiles occur? 

There are several reasons why you may have excess gum tissue or a “gummy smile”. The most common cause is genetics; however, certain illnesses, medications, and even poor hygiene can result in the excess development of gum tissue. Regardless of why you’re dealing with a gummy smile, our Albuquerque, NM, cosmetic dentistry team can help.

What is crown lengthening? 

Your teeth are longer than you might think. After all, there is still a tooth that lies under the gum tissue. If you have excess gum tissue, just know that more of your teeth are hiding under this tissue just waiting to be discovered. Crown lengthening simply means that our cosmetic team will remove the excess gum tissue to reveal more of your teeth to improve the overall symmetry between your teeth and your gums.

Excess gum tissue can be removed through traditional dental tools or laser dentistry. This procedure is always performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the area before treatment, and this simple outpatient procedure can be performed right here in our Albuquerque, NM, practice in under one hour.

How long is the recovery process? 

After the procedure, our dental team will provide you with detailed instructions on how to properly care for your mouth while it heals to prevent infection. Pain relievers may be recommended or prescribed to help you manage your discomfort. Sometimes dissolvable stitches are placed, which will naturally dissolve as the gum tissue heals; however, in some cases, you’ll need to come back to our practice within two weeks to have the stitches removed.

Living with a “gummy smile” that you’d like to change? Interested in crown lengthening and the other cosmetic dentistry our team offers in Albuquerque, NM? If so, call Ross Family Dental at (505) 293-7441 to schedule an evaluation, and let’s see if crown lengthening is right for you.

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