Data shows that the smile is often the first thing people notice about another person. Having a good smile can not only make someone look more attractive but can also have an impact on many other aspects of a person’s life, including their personal and professional relationships. Surveys show that a nice smile can boost one’s self-esteem and improve confidence level. All of theses benefits can be achieved with the Crown Lengthening Procedure!
The Crown Lengthening Procedure is when the gums are reshaped to create more even tooth-to-gum ratio. Many times this is done as part of a cosmetic procedure in order to improve the appearance of a gummy smile. Sometimes gum recontouring procedures can be done in order to provide adequate room for the dentist to place crowns or veneers, as part of periodontal treatment, or to prevent dental problems and tooth loss.
The type of gum recontouring someone may need depends on what is making the gums uneven. When the gingival tissue rests too low on the teeth, they often appear too small. In this situation, the gums may need to be reshaped to expose more of the tooth structure. This type of procedure is often referred to as a cosmetic or clinical crown lengthening. Undergoing this type of procedure may establish a more natural, esthetically pleasing smile.
Cosmetic crown lengthening is done to improve a “gummy smile” or to recontour uneven gingival margins. Some may think that their teeth appear short, but they are actually the proper size! They only appear short or tiny because they are covered with excessive gum tissue. This can be fixed by removing the excess tissue to expose more of the tooth structure. The tissue can also be reshaped to allow for a more even gum line. Finally, a patient can enjoy a more esthetically pleasing, natural-looking smile.
Cosmetic crown lengthening can create a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health, and this is your key to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.
In some cases the teeth are actually the proper size and we do not need to reshape the gums. In this case we would do a Lip Repositioning. This is a minor plastic surgery procedure where we will attach the inside of the lip is closer to the top of the teeth. This allows you to smile so your lip doesn’t pull up as high. An added bonus is that this procedure also increases the fullness of the lip and makes it look more attractive.
We would suggest a lip lowering when the teeth are normal size but the lip pulls up too high and displays an excessive amount of gum tissue. This is another common condition that makes the smile look “gummy”. The lip repositioning procedure reduces the degree of lip retraction and minimizes exposure of gingival tissue, allowing a more “normal,” pleasing smile.
Sometimes Dr. Nemeth chooses to do both the Crown Lengthening and Lip Lowering procedures at the same time to achieve the most ideal cosmetic result.
In some cases, reshaping the gum and supporting tissues provides your general dentist with adequate room to place quality final crowns or veneer restorations. Clinical crown lengthening is a procedure designed to expose more of a tooth’s structure so that restorative work — for example, crowns, bridges and veneers — will be structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Clinical crown lengthening helps the restorative dentist save teeth that might otherwise be lost because of decay or fracture. It can also help the restorative dentist create restorations that look as good as they feel and function.
We believe the key to an attractive smile is having nice teeth along with a balanced gumline. Sometimes the gumline is too high or too low which can make the teeth look either bigger or smaller than they actually are. When the gums are not in good harmony with the teeth, the smile may often look less attractive than it could if the gums were of proper size. People who are unhappy with their gums may be a candidate for the Crown Lengthening Procedure.