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Crown Lengthening

Image of a young woman looking in the mirror after her crown lengthening treatment at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston. 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:
•  Placing dental crowns. Dental crowns are used to restore damaged teeth. To function properly, the crown needs to cover the entire crown of the tooth. If you have excess gum tissue, it may be obscuring a portion of the crown, which can then lead to an improper fit of the restoration. By removing the excess gum tissue, we can help to ensure the crown fits over your tooth and can provide you with the necessary protection.
•  Fillings for cavities. Cavities at the gum line can be difficult to treat. A portion of the cavity may be hidden under the tissue, making it difficult to fully clean out the decay. It may also be difficult to properly fill the cavity. Removing the excess tissue ensures that the cavity is cleaned and filled completely so that the health of your tooth can be properly restored.
•  Periodontal health. Excess gum tissue can create hiding places for bacteria. With a crown lengthening, the hiding places are eliminated, and the gums are easier to maintain, reducing your risk for gum disease.

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.

Looking forward to giving you a healthy and happy smile!

Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston
Phone: 713-785-9599

Address: 2600 S Gessner Rd
Houston, TX 77063


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