Crown Lengthening ("Gummy" Smile, Overgrown Gums) – South Florida

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Overview

Our experienced dental team at SEDA Dental is skilled in providing crown lengthening to enhance the visual appeal and health of your teeth. Crown lengthening may come off as an odd name to some because it sounds like it entails making the tooth longer. A more precise term would be crown exposure because some of the gum tissue is removed to show more of the enamel. You might want crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons if you would like to correct a "gummy" smile. It might also be performed if not enough of your tooth is visible to hold a filling, crown, or another restoration. To receive more information, schedule an appointment at SEDA Dental in South Florida.

Best Candidates

Candidates for crown lengthening are in good overall health, particularly regarding the gums. Conditions, such as gum (periodontal) disease, might have to be addressed before crown lengthening can be done. Most frequently, crown lengthening is performed for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In such situations, excessive gum tissue can be eliminated to balance the proportion of visible enamel to gums and give you a higher, more even gumline. However, crown lengthening may also be required to complete a dental restoration. More of your tooth may need to be uncovered in order to place a filling, bridge, or crown.

What To Expect

Before the procedure starts, a local anesthetic is used to numb the treated regions to make the process more comfortable. You can talk about other sedation options during your initial consultation to help you remain comfortable and calm throughout the procedure. After you are ready, a small amount of the gum tissue is removed at a time to slowly show more of your enamel, and then your gumline will be sculpted for a lifted and even look. When the procedure is complete, we will seal the gum tissue and then rinse your mouth.

Recovery

Following your treatment, your gums may be sore and inflamed. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers can be utilized to minimize your discomfort, but a prescription for antibiotics and/or pain medication may also be provided. It can be easier to follow a soft food or liquid diet for several days while your gums heal. You should carefully clean your mouth with soft brushing and mouthwash but avoid dental floss. In some cases, you might need to schedule another appointment at SEDA Dental to track your recovery. Our dental team will also always assess your gums and oral health at your yearly dental examination.

Insurance Coverage

The cost for crown lengthening will differ based on why it is being done. Dental insurance companies might cover a part of the expense in certain situations, but they might not. In any case, our financial staff will get in touch with your insurer to ascertain what your personal expenses will be prior to discussing your choices for payment. If you do not have insurance, our financial team can help estimate your expenses during your consultation and also provide you with more info on low-interest medical financing, which can help to make your treatment easier to afford.

Crown Lengthening

To transform your smile or restore your mouth, find out more information on crown lengthening treatments at SEDA Dental. By eliminating gum tissue, you can enhance the appearance of a "gummy" smile or prep your mouth for a dental restoration. Schedule an appointment at one of our South Florida facilities to determine if you are a candidate for restorative or cosmetic crown lengthening treatments at SEDA Dental.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.