Crown Lengthening for a Less Gummy Smile

Discover how our team can correct your gummy smile with this minor procedure.

Does your gummy smile make you feel self-conscious? If so, you aren’t alone. Fortunately, our Saint Louis, MO, dentist Dr. Kyle Whitson of Concord Dental Group offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry options including crown lengthening to correct gummy smiles to give you a smile you feel confident in.

  • Do you have decay or dental damage that lies under the gums?
  • Do you need to get a dental crown but don’t have enough visible tooth to support the restoration?
  • Do you have a gummy smile that makes your teeth look too short?
  • Do you feel self-conscious about your asymmetrical smile?

If you said “yes” to one or more of these questions, then crown lengthening may be right for you. Our Saint Louis, MO, cosmetic dentistry team can easily determine if crown lengthening is ideal for you by simply examining your smile. Whether you are interested in crown lengthening for its cosmetic or its restorative benefits, our team is here and ready to help you get that healthier, beautiful smile.

What is involved in crown lengthening?

The purpose of crown lengthening is for our team to reshape the gums to improve symmetry in the gum line and to balance out the tooth-to-gums ratio. By removing excess gum tissue we also make more of your teeth visible, which can improve the appearance of your smile. In some cases, we may also need to remove bone to improve the overall height of your teeth.

If you are getting a dental restoration such as a crown, this procedure can be performed to expose more of the tooth to better support and stabilize the restoration so it doesn’t fall off. The entire procedure is performed right here at our practice under local anesthesia and typically takes no more than one hour to complete. After the procedure, we will provide you with after-care instructions on how to care for your smile, as well as when you will need to come back into the office to remove the stitches and to follow up.

Concord Dental Group is proud to provide high-quality cosmetic dentistry to the Saint Louis, MO, area. If you are interested in correcting your gummy smile with crown lengthening, Dr. Whitson and the team are here to help. To schedule an evaluation, call us today at (314) 842-2038.

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