Crown lengthening, also known as a “gum lift,” is a surgical procedure that is performed by a board-certified periodontist to enhance the appearance of a person’s smile. The procedure involves reshaping the gum tissue to expose more of the tooth structure and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The procedure is typically done when a person has “gummy” smile, which is when too much gum tissue is visible when a person smiles or when a tooth is too short. The goal of the procedure is to create a more balanced and symmetrical look to the person’s smile.
The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia as with any dental treatment. During the procedure, the periodontist will carefully remove excess gum tissue, exposing more of the tooth structure. The gums will then be reshaped to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
After the procedure, patients will typically experience some discomfort and swelling, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Although the results are instant, It can take several weeks for the gums to fully heal. Patients will need to follow a strict oral hygiene regimen to promote healing and prevent infection.
It’s important to note that although the procedure can significantly enhance the appearance of a person’s smile, it may not be suitable for everyone. A board-certified periodontist will be able to assess the individual’s needs and determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure.Talk to US About an Appointment