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Restore Your Smile with Gummy Smile Crown Lengthening Procedure

There are many reasons people seek to recontour their gums. One of the main reasons is that people are dissatisfied with the appearance of their “gummy smile” and feel less confident showing their smiles. Another involves needing more room to have a dental restoration placed, such as a bridge or crown. Whether you need gum recontouring done for dental or cosmetic reasons, here at Claire Cho DDS, Aliso Viejo, California, Dr. Claire Cho can help with a safe and effective gummy smile dental procedure called “crown lengthening” that will make your smile more beautiful.

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Crown Lengthening Explained

Crown lengthening, also known as “soft tissue recontouring” or “gum lift,” is a cosmetic dental procedure that reshapes your gum line to create a more symmetrical look and also reduces the amount of gum tissue covering your teeth by increasing the length of the portion of your tooth crown shown in your smile.

This restoration is also helpful for patients with oral health issues such as decayed teeth or gum disease below the gum line. During the crown lengthening procedure, Dr. Cho will remove the excess bone and gum tissue, exposing more of the tooth crown. The result may improve the health of your gums while protecting them from further decay while restoring your smile’s natural appearance.

How the Crown Lengthening Procedure Works

To correct your gummy smile, the procedure involves using local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the treatment. After thoroughly numbing the area, Dr. Cho will make tiny, precise incisions to separate the excess gum tissue from your teeth. For a few patients, she may also need to remove some bone tissue to create more room for a dental restoration or a more natural appearance.

After removing the excess gum tissue, she will then sterilize the treatment area before placing sutures and a special bandage over the area that will promote proper healing while the gums begin reattaching to your teeth.

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After completing the procedure, here are a few things to expect:

First, we will need to schedule your follow-up visit, usually a week or two after the procedure, to inspect your recovery progress and remove your sutures.

Most patients find themselves healed between six to eight weeks following their procedure.

After the gums fully heal, we can place any final dental restorations, such as veneers, bridges, or crowns.

Say Goodbye to “Gummy Smile”

To find out more information about the crown lengthening treatment for a gummy smile, call Claire Cho, DDS, at (949) 541-2529

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Dr. Claire Cho, Claire Cho DDS, CA

Claire Cho, DDS, has been serving patients for over 31 years.

She is passionate about applying new knowledge in her practice and attends continuing education courses annually. These advanced courses have enabled her to gain specialized knowledge on implantology, dental prosthetics, soft tissue grafting, neuromuscular occlusion, and bone and tissue regeneration.

Dr. Cho is one of the few dentists in Orange County offering LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), the FDA-approved gum disease treatment that doesn’t involve cutting and sewing. She combines science with an artistic eye to transform the smiles and lives of patients. Her recent accolades include nominations for Best of LA Cosmetic Dentist and Top Doc of Orange County by Orange Coast magazine and being awarded fellow status by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

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