Many of our patients at St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD undergo crown lengthening to correct a gummy smile. The procedure brings proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue and, in some cases, bone is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that does not affect healthy tooth structure.
A ‘gummy smile’ is a term used to describe a smile with teeth that appear too short, because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown.
Crown lengthening, however, is not used solely for cosmetic reasons. When a tooth is injured and breaks at the gum line or if a filling or crown comes off a tooth that contains decay, crown lengthening makes additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. It is also used to treat some types of periodontal disease.
If you would like to learn more about crown lengthening or other cosmetic dental procedures, call us at St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. You’ll love your new smile!
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