Cosmetic Dentistry: What Is a Gummy Smile and Crown Lengthening?

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Cosmetic dentistry offers a way for patients with a gummy smile to achieve a more attractive smile that they can be proud of. One of the most frequently recommended treatment options for a gummy smile is crown lengthening. Understanding the benefits of treatment and who is an ideal candidate can help you decide if it is right for you. 

Cosmetic dentistry to fix a gummy smile

If a gummy smile causes cosmetic concerns, then crown lengthening may be a way to address the issue. The following is a complete review of what having a gummy smile means, how crown lengthening treatment works and when to consider treatment. 

A gummy smile explained

A gummy smile occurs when there is an excess of gum tissue that shows while smiling. Many dentists define a gummy smile as one that shows 4mm or more of the gums. This is often the result of teeth that are too short, although there are other potential causes. A gummy smile is primarily a cosmetic concern. Some may choose to live with their gummy smile if it does not drastically affect their appearance, whereas many others choose simple cosmetic dentistry procedures to address the concern.  

How crown lengthening can help

Crown lengthening involves removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the natural tooth. Often, teeth that are “too short” are actually the appropriate length but are simply covered by the gums. When this is the case, crown lengthening can expose more of the natural tooth and provide the patient with a more confident smile. Crown lengthening is a safe procedure performed by an experienced dentist. The dentist ensures that it does not expose too much of the tooth root or cause any gum or tooth enamel damage. 

The benefits of crown lengthening

The benefits of crown lengthening depend on the specific purpose of treatment. However, notable benefits include:

  • Improved teeth size
  • Better gum shape
  • More attractive smile
  • Increase in self-confidence

Many find that they are more confident and willing to pursue the activities that they love after crown lengthening. No one should have to struggle with issues of self-confidence or hide their smile due to a gummy smile. Cosmetic dentistrysseeks to address cosmetic issues such as a gummy smile and help patients achieve a higher level of confidence. 

When to consider crown lengthening

Crown lengthening should be considered any time that a gummy smile causes cosmetic or oral health concerns. It is typically the best method of treatment when the teeth appear too short due to gums that extend too far and there is more of the tooth crown that can safely be revealed. 

Schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today

Here at our cosmetic dentistry practice, we offer crown lengthening to address a gummy smile. To find out if treatment is right for you, contact us today by phone or email. We are glad to answer your questions, discuss treatment goals and make a treatment recommendation based on the specifics of your situation.

Request an appointment here: or call Jorge L Alvarez DDS at (520) 722-1655 for an appointment in our Tucson office.

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