Crown Lengthening ("Gummy" Smile, Overgrown Gums) – West Bridgewater Dental

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Overview

The board-certified dentists at West Bridgewater Dental are highly skilled at performing crown lengthening to enhance the look and health of your smile. Crown lengthening may seem like an odd name to some because it sounds like it entails adding length to the tooth. A more precise term is crown exposure as some of the gum tissue is removed to show more of the enamel. You might want crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons, for instance, if you'd like to improve a "gummy" smile. Crown lengthening can also be performed if not enough of your crown is visible to hold a dental filling or other restoration. To receive more information on crown lengthening, schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art practice in West Bridgewater, MA.

Best Candidates

If you're considering crown lengthening, you should be in good overall health, particularly with regard to the gums. Problems, such as gum (periodontal) disease, might have to be addressed before crown lengthening can be performed. Crown lengthening is most frequently performed for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In such circumstances, excessive gum tissue may be eliminated to balance the proportion of tooth to gums and create a raised, even gumline. In other cases, crown lengthening may be required to complete a dental restoration. Our team may need to uncover more of your tooth structure to enable the placement of a bridge, crown, or filling.

What To Expect

To begin the procedure, local anesthesia is applied to the treatment areas to minimize your discomfort. You can talk about other sedation options with our team of dentists in your initial consultation to help ensure you stay comfortable and calm throughout the process. Once you're ready, the gum tissue is removed in small amounts to slowly reveal more of your enamel. Your gumline will then be sculpted for a lifted and even look. Once we've finished the process, we'll suture the gums and rinse your mouth.

Recovery

Following your treatment, your gums may be sore and inflamed. Over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses can be utilized to lessen your discomfort, but our dentists may provide a prescription for antibiotics and/or pain medication if needed. It can be beneficial to adhere to a soft food or liquid diet for several days while your mouth heals. You should keep your mouth clean with soft brushing and mouthwash, but avoid dental floss until the areas fully heal. In some cases, you might need to make another appointment at West Bridgewater Dental to track your recovery. Our thorough team will always assess your gums at your yearly dental examination.

Insurance Coverage

The cost for crown lengthening will differ based on why it's being performed. Dental insurance companies might cover a part of the expense in certain scenarios. Our financial staff will get in touch with your insurer to determine what your coverage might be and review our convenient payment options for any costs that aren't covered. If you don't have insurance, a member of our team can help estimate your expenses during your consultation. We can also provide you with more information on low-interest financing, which could help to make your treatment more affordable.

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Crown Lengthening

Whether you want to improve your smile or oral health, we encourage you to learn more about crown lengthening treatments at our West Bridgewater, MA facility. By eliminating excess gum tissue, we can enhance the overall look of a "gummy" smile or prepare your mouth for a dental restoration. Schedule an appointment with our experienced, caring team to determine if you're a candidate for restorative or cosmetic crown lengthening treatments at West Bridgewater Dental.

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