If you have an excessively gummy smile, our skilled dentist can perform a crown lengthening procedure to even out your gum line and expose more of your tooth structure. Crown lengthening may be performed to improve your oral health or smile’s overall appearance. If you have any questions about crown lengthening in Walterboro, South Carolina, or to set up your appointment with Dr. Shannon Pye, call us today at 843-549-5913.
Crown lengthening is a gum treatment that has both functional and aesthetic purposes. We may recommend crown lengthening if your appearance is affected by what is sometimes called a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile is one in which the teeth appear abnormally short because of excessive gum tissue. The gum tissue may appear too bulky, or it might look like the gums come down over your teeth too far. In most cases, a gummy smile is the result of excessive gum tissue covering teeth that are a normal length and shape. To correct this problem and give you a smile you can show off with pride, our dentist may suggest crown lengthening. During this treatment, we will simply remove a small amount of the gum tissue, revealing more of the tooth structure and giving your smile a more aesthetic appearance. This usually requires just one visit to our office.
We may also recommend crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental treatment possible. If the tooth is broken below or very close to the gum line, or if insufficient tooth structure is left for a restoration, our dentist may use crown lengthening to expose more of the tooth so a restoration like a crown or bridge can be placed.
To learn more about the uses and benefits of crown lengthening, we welcome you to contact our office today.