Periodontal Plastic Surgery - Aliso Viejo, CA
If you have a “gummy smile” (excess gum is seen when you smile), this can be corrected by performing esthetic crown lengthening. This can be caused by excess gum
exposure and inadequate tooth exposure that gives the appearance of “gummy smile” and “short teeth”.
Characteristic of a beautiful smile are:
- Minimal gum exposure
- Maximum tooth exposure
- Tooth position and alignment
- Tooth shape
Causes of short teeth (inadequate tooth exposure) are:
- Gingival overgrowth
- Thick alveolar bone crest at CEJ (covering the tooth)
Excess gum and bone tissue are removed and reshaped to uncover the hidden enamel of the natural tooth. This is commonly done towards the end of orthodontic treatment. It can also be done in conjunction with restorations such as porcelain veneers and crowns to create longer teeth that dramatically enhances the attractiveness of your smile.
This procedure does not create recession or future periodontal problems. There is minimal discomfort and results are immediate. Complete healing takes 3 months.