When most people think about a beautiful smile, they tend to only think about the appearance of the teeth. While the teeth are an important feature, they are not the only one. Your gums also play a critical role in your smile. If you have excess gum tissue, your smile may appear gummy. Your otherwise beautiful teeth appear too small. At Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston, we can help to give you the beautiful smile you have been looking for by eliminating the excess gum tissue in your mouth with a crown lengthening.
What is a Crown Lengthening?
Excess gum tissue not only causes your teeth to appear small, impacting the quality of your smile, it can also have a significant impact on your confidence. This lack of confidence can be reflected in the way you try to hide your smile from those around you, and you may be leaving the wrong impression. A crown lengthening is a procedure designed to remove that excess gum tissue, providing you with a more natural gum line. Depending on your specific situation, we may also need to remove a small amount of bone as well. With the excess gum tissue removed, your smile is instantly improved.
What to Expect from Treatment
Crown lengthening is done using a dental laser. The laser uses a concentrated beam of light, which then cuts through your gum tissue and seals blood vessels at the same time. This is a vast improvement over the way the procedure used to be done, using a scalpel. While effective, a scalpel can cause bleeding during the procedure, and can also lead to pain and swelling while you are recovering. The laser minimizes bleeding. It is also much more accurate, significantly reducing pain and swelling after treatment.
Before we begin your crown lengthening, we provide you with a local anesthetic. This will ensure that you feel no discomfort while we remove your excess tissue. Small incisions are made in the gums so that we can separate the tissue from your teeth. The laser is then used to remove the excess tissue, creating the desired gum line. If necessary, bone is removed as well. Once the procedure is complete, we suture your gums back up against your teeth. Your new smile is noticeable right away.
Functional Uses for Crown Lengthening
While a crown lengthening is often an aesthetic fix, it also has some functional purposes as well:
Crown lengthening eliminates excess gum tissue, enhancing the beauty of your smile. With an improved smile, your confidence will soar, and you will not be able to help but show it off. Call Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston at 713-785-9599 today for more information and to schedule your consultation.