Get Rid Of Your Gummy Smile With Crown Lengthening
- December 1, 2017
Having a “gummy smile” can be frustrating. When you smile for a family photo or look at yourself in the mirror, your gums seem to dominate your smile.
But there’s good news: You no longer have to live with a gummy smile! A procedure called crown lengthening can bring balance to your smile by gently removing excess gum tissue. In some instances, we also use dental crowns to add more length to short or worn down teeth.
It may sound intimidating, but we go the extra mile to ensure your comfort at Gentle Dental Care! Dr. Peltzer uses state-of-the-art dental lasers to precisely reposition gum tissue. This technology minimizes bleeding and discomfort, and Dr. Peltzer can also make the procedure even more comfortable with dental sedation.
If you’re ready to remedy excess gumminess for a healthier, more beautiful smile, call our Plainville, CT office at (860) 479-2397 to schedule a consultation.
What Is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a gum procedure that aims to expose more of the crown, or visible part of the tooth.
It can be performed for cosmetic reasons to bring balance to a gummy smile. A gummy smile most commonly occurs because of genetic reasons — a short upper lip, excess gum tissue, or small teeth.
But crown lengthening is often performed for restorative reasons. Sometimes, large cavities can extend beyond the gumline. In order to repair the damage, we have to adjust the position of gum tissue so a dental crown can properly bond to healthy tooth structure.
At Gentle Dental Care, we have extensive experience with crown lengthening procedures. It’s often necessary as part of full-mouth reconstruction and smile makeovers, which are popular among our patients.
What Is A Crown Lengthening Procedure Like?
When you come in for a crown lengthening procedure, we’ll first numb the area using anesthesia. After you are completely numb, Dr. Peltzer will use a dental laser to adjust the size and position of your gums.
Crown lengthening often requires the removal of some bone around the base of the tooth. This helps your gums heal in a way that adds length to the visible part of your tooth. You may experience some soreness after the procedure is over, but we can relieve some of that discomfort with medication.
It usually takes our patients a few weeks to completely heal. However, if your procedure does not require any removal of bone, you’ll most likely recover even faster!
Is A Crown Lengthening Procedure Painful?
Before Dr. Peltzer begins the procedure, we ensure that you are completely numb and won’t feel any pain. However, we can further minimize discomfort during the procedure with sedation dentistry, or the use of medication to affect how you experience a dental procedure.
You’ll feel great in Dr. Peltzer’s care knowing that he is a nationally known expert in the field of sedation dentistry!
In addition to his ongoing continuing education, Dr. Peltzer has completed a Fellowship in Dental Anesthesiology through Solis Surgical Arts Center sponsored by the faculty of the University of Southern California. It’s a unique achievement that makes Dr. Peltzer one of the most highly trained and skilled sedation dentists and dentist anesthesiologists in Connecticut!
At Gentle Dental Care, we offer three types of dental sedation. We can help you determine which is best for you and your needs.
- Nitrous oxide allows you to feel a sense of euphoria or calm during your dental procedure. Also known as “laughing gas,” it’s administered through a small mask that we place over your nose. You’ll begin feeling its effects after taking just a few deep breaths!
- Oral conscious sedation is administered in the form of a pill that you take before your procedure. You’ll arrive at our office feeling relaxed and ready for your dental work.
- IV sedation is the type of dental sedation we most commonly use at Gentle Dental Care. IV sedation will allow you to experience your procedure as if you were in a dream, and it’ll minimize what you remember afterward. It’s administered directly into the bloodstream, which makes it more effective and safer than oral conscious sedation.
We’ve invested thousands of dollars in technology that will help us ensure that your experience with dental sedation is a safe and effective one. Dr. Peltzer and his assistants closely monitor your breathing and vital signs. Your comfort and safety are very important to us.
Get A Smile You Love!
If you’ve been embarrassed by your gummy smile, Gentle Dental Care can help you comfortably achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.