Is a Gummy Smile a Concern for You?
In some smiles, people may have an excess amount of gum tissue that covers their teeth. This is commonly referred to as a “gummy smile.” For some people, this is an aesthetic concern, causing teeth to look short or reveal too much of the gums while smiling or laughing. In the instance of tooth decay or periodontal disease, however, this excess gum tissue can hide harmful bacteria in areas you can’t reach with a normal toothbrush or floss. Dr. Edward Segal offers crown lengthening services that can remove excess gum tissue in order to enhance your smile or clear away disease.
Reasons You May Need Crown Lengthening
- Eliminate a “gummy smile”
- Treat an uneven gum line
- Access decay or disease below the gum line
- A new crown or other restoration is needed
- Improve ability to clean teeth
A New Gum Line for Your Health and Smile
When performing the crown lengthening procedure, Dr. Segal will gently recontour the extra gum tissue from around the affected teeth. This will create a new gum-to-tooth relationship with nearly immediate results. By revealing more of the tooth crown, it will be easier for you to care for your teeth. When decay and bacteria hide beneath the gum line, it can cause serious damage to your tooth structure and gum tissue. Through crown lengthening, this area of the crown is revealed to improve cleaning and grant access for dental treatments.
Experienced Gum Care from a Leader in Periodontology
After receiving a crown lengthening procedure, many patients feel a boost of self-confidence with their new smile. With an aesthetically pleasing gum line, you can feel more confident smiling and take better care of your teeth at home. Dr. Segal is an experienced periodontist with over 22 years of practice. He is a part of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association as well as many other organizations. We take great pride in our soft tissue treatments and can provide you with care that is head and shoulders above the rest.