If you are self-conscious about your gummy smile, you may be a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry procedure. The esthetic crown lengthening procedure is also known as a ‘gum lift’ because it involves removing unwanted gum tissue and recontouring the gums if needed. The result is a more attractive smile.
In addition to providing cosmetic benefits, this procedure can also help you maintain a healthy mouth. Gum reduction surgery may be effective for preventing periodontal disease because it can decrease the depths of periodontal pockets between the gums and teeth where bacteria can grow.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Dr. Withers will need to make small incisions in the gum tissue to help separate the tissue from the teeth, and in some cases, remove a small amount of bone tissue as well. A protective bandage will be placed over the treated area to promote healing and you will return to the office within one to two weeks for a follow up appointment.
Crown lengthening can be an effective procedure when excess gum tissue is causing esthetic or health issues in your mouth. If you think that you may need cosmetic dentistry treatment for a gummy smile in Fairfax, VA, set up your consultation with Dr. Withers as soon as possible.