Your smile says a lot about you. It can determine whether you can interact freely with your friends and colleagues. However, some issues can affect how your smile looks like such as having excessive gingival tissue. This is known as a gummy smile, a condition that our dentist in Lansing, MI, can fix.
Not unless you know much about dentistry, there is a chance that you may have never heard of a procedure known as crown lengthening. Before we get to see why you may need to undergo the crown lengthening process, let’s see what crown lengthening is about.
Crown lengthening is a procedure performed by our dentist in Lansing, MI, to expose or reveal more of your tooth crown. The crown is the visible part of your tooth that sits above the gum line.
The crown lengthening process is painless and straightforward, and it involves removing some of your gum tissue, thus moving your gums closer to the tooth root. The procedure is performed for functional and aesthetic purposes.
You can use different crown lengthening technique depending on the cause of the excess gingival tissue and the condition of your mouth. The techniques used can be gingivectomy, surgical extrusion, and apically repositioned flap surgery.
Our dentist will choose the appropriate technique after considering the following:
When our dentist recommends crown lengthening, it can be for the following reasons:
A gummy smile refers to the scenario where you have a lot of gum tissue covering a larger portion of the tooth. In turn, this makes your teeth seem small. A gummy smile can be caused by a condition known as passive eruption, where much of your tooth is covered by your gums when they came in. Also, your front teeth may over-erupt, causing your gums to grow too far as well.
Therefore, when you undergo the crown lengthening procedure, our dentist will use a laser or scalpel to remove the excess gum tissue. You will not be in pain since local anesthesia will be used.
Once the procedure is complete, your teeth will look longer and more aesthetically pleasing.
If there’s an accident or you have tooth decay, and your teeth have been damaged below the gum line, it might be difficult for our dentist to work on the area that has been damaged. Therefore, crown lengthening becomes the best possible solution. Once our dentist has exposed the part of the tooth covered by your gums, can do the repair.
There are instances when you might not have enough natural teeth above the gum line that can accommodate an artificial dental crown. If a dental crown is fixed when you don’t have enough room to accommodate it, you can experience discomfort and chronic inflammation.
Even though there are other options, crown lengthening can be performed to expose more of the tooth structure. When this is done, a crown can be fixed, and it will fit completely and comfortably.
In most cases, if you have teeth that are mostly covered with gums is not aesthetically pleasing. So, to get a more proportionate smile, you will need crown lengthening. Exposed gums should not be more than 3 millimeters. If more than that is visible, the aesthetics will be affected.
Therefore, crown lengthening will be performed if you use porcelain veneers to improve your smile’s aesthetics. There isn’t enough room to accommodate them due to excess gingival tissue. It will create room for the veneers so that they can fit perfectly.
Excessive gum tissue can pose a threat to your oral health. You may have difficulty cleaning your teeth when you have such a gumline, and bacteria can accumulate, leading to periodontitis and tooth decay. Crown lengthening can ensure that the extra tissue is removed, making cleaning your teeth easier.
Contact our dentist in Lansing, MI, at Gentle Dental Care if you desire to undergo the crown lengthening procedure.