Crown Lengthening Can Give You a Healthier, More Attractive Smile

Close-up of a smiling young womanIs excess gum tissue detracting from the appearance of your smile or causing irritation? If this is the case, Dr. Andrew R. Samuel can perform a crown lengthening procedure at his Ocean, NJ, practice to remove excess tissue and create a beautiful frame for your smile.

In addition to treating a "gummy smile," crown lengthening is often performed in preparation for the placement of a dental crown or after an orthodontic treatment. To learn more about the unique benefits of a crown lengthening procedure, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Samuel today.

What Is Crown Lengthening?

When gum tissue extends too far down teeth, it can leave them looking worn or underdeveloped. In addition to compromising the aesthetics of your smile, excess gum tissue can also cause significant discomfort if it becomes irritated or inflamed. When you choose to undergo a crown lengthening procedure at our practice, Dr. Samuel will first numb your gums to ensure your comfort. Next, he will carefully trim away periodontal tissue to reveal more of your teeth's surface. As a skilled periodontist, Dr. Samuel will use a gentle touch and work conservatively to achieve your unique goals by removing only a minimal amount of excess tissue. This trusted procedure can be completed during a single brief appointment, with recovery lasting only a few days in most cases.

Cosmetic Benefits

Crown lengthening is a safe and effective treatment that can enhance the appearance of your entire smile by bringing uniformity to an uneven gum line. If you have recently completed an orthodontic treatment, crown lengthening can be especially beneficial because metal braces and clear plastic aligners can cause gum tissue to grow over teeth and diminish their beauty. Thanks to Dr. Samuel's reputation for excellence performing these procedures, many orthodontists refer their patients directly to our practice for crown lengthening.

Functional Benefits

In addition to providing a significant cosmetic enhancement, crown lengthening is also performed to improve oral function and health. When a dentist is unable to treat a cavity because it is covered by excessive gum tissue, crown lengthening can uncover more of the tooth and allow for the easy placement of a dental filling. In other cases, crown lengthening can create the necessary room for the placement of a dental crown, which is used to protect a damaged or badly decayed tooth and restore balance to a bite. If you received a dental crown that was improperly placed below the gum line, crown lengthening can provide relief from redness, irritation, and sensitivity caused by your restoration. By exposing more of your teeth's surface for brushing and flossing, we can also allow you to more effectively maintain good oral health at home.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Samuel

At Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implants, we have been helping patients achieve beautiful smiles and optimal oral health for nearly 20 years. Dr. Samuel specializes in crown lengthening and other periodontal treatments, and he will draw upon years of experience and extensive training to help achieve your goals. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.

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