Do you have excess gum tissue and a gummy smile that bothers you? If so, you don’t have to live with this abnormality because a simple solution is available. At Baton Rouge Perio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kenneth Markle, DDS, Jenny Herman, DDS, and their skilled staff, offer crown lengthening procedures to reduce a gummy smile and help you feel confident about your gumline. Call the Baton Rouge Perio office to learn more, or request an appointment online today.
Crown lengthening is a cosmetic dental procedure that improves the health and overall appearance of your gums. It treats a gummy smile or excess gum tissue that diminishes the appearance of your teeth. Baton Rouge Perio uses advanced, minimally invasive treatments that lengthen the exposed parts of your teeth, reshaping and contouring your gumline.
The main benefits of crown lengthening at Baton Rouge Perio include:
The procedure is sometimes needed before you receive a new crown or other restoration, if your gums restrict accessibility, or if a tooth breaks below the gumline.
Your Baton Rouge Perio specialist determines if crown lengthening is right for you after discussing your oral health history, symptoms, and your desired results. They examine your gums, teeth, and dental X-rays before tailoring a customized treatment plan.
During crown lengthening at Baton Rouge Perio, your specialist uses advanced laser technology. They numb the treatment area and provide a sedative to relax you if needed.
They make a small incision near the gums to separate the teeth and gums. Your provider uses advanced tools to reshape your gumline, and, in some cases, remove a small amount of bone.
While every patient is different, crown lengthening usually takes about an hour. The exact length of time treatment takes depends on the severity of your condition and whether or not your periodontist needs to remove any bone. Your specialist then closes any incisions.
After undergoing crown lengthening, you notice immediate results and teeth that look longer. Get plenty of rest, take medicines as directed, and avoid vigorously rinsing or brushing your mouth until given the okay. Return to Baton Rouge Perio to have any sutures removed. Complete healing may take about 2-3 months.
To learn more about crown lengthening and find out if it’s right for you, schedule an appointment at Baton Rouge Perio by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.