Crown Lengthening: Reshaping the Gum Line to Enhance Your Smile


brilliant smileWhen a patient's gums extend too far down the teeth, it can detract from the appearance of a healthy smile. Crown lengthening, or gum reshaping, performed at our Wilmington, DE, office, can help you achieve a beautifully proportionate frame for your smile. By eliminating excess gum tissue, Dr. Jeffrey J. Emmi can correct "gummy" smiles and create a more attractive gum line. Patients are often amazed at the significant difference this simple treatment can achieve. To learn more about the gum reshaping procedure, contact our office and schedule a consultation.

Benefits of Crown Lengthening

Also known as a gum lift or gum contouring, crown lengthening is a cosmetic procedure designed to accent your smile by bringing uniformity to an uneven gum line. Excessive gum tissue can make your teeth look worn or underdeveloped. Crown lengthening can give your gums an even, scalloped appearance that subtly complements all the best features of your smile. After undergoing this effective and relatively brief procedure, patients can expect to enjoy many lasting benefits.

Most notably, gum contouring can provide an improved appearance and increase self-confidence. Crown lengthening can also help create more surface area on a tooth to allow for the placement of porcelain veneers. Crown lengthening may also be performed for health purposes, including reducing the risk of periodontal disease and making it easier for patients to maintain good oral hygiene. During a personal consultation, Dr. Emmi will first examine your smile and review your unique goals to evaluate your candidacy for a crown lengthening procedure. 

The Crown Lengthening Procedure

Crown lengthening is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed during a single visit. When you arrive for your treatment, we will begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area and ensure your comfort. Next, Dr. Emmi will gently and precisely remove small amounts of excess gum tissue to achieve an attractive, uniform look. Dr. Emmi will work conservatively to remove only the amount of tissue needed to meet your goals. The end result is a smile with a more pleasing tooth-to-gum ratio.

After your procedure, you may experience slight soreness or swelling for up to a week, but it usually does not interfere with eating or speaking. During the healing period, you will be advised to eat soft foods and exercise extra care when brushing and flossing. If you experience any discomfort, an over-the-counter pain reliever is usually sufficient. Gum contouring can often be combined with other cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening, for a more comprehensive final result.

Schedule a Crown Lengthening Consultation

If you have excess gum tissue or an asymmetrical gum line, it can make your teeth look worn or unhealthy. A crown lengthening procedure by Dr. Emmi can transform a gummy smile and enhance your entire appearance. Contact Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates to schedule an appointment. We are looking forward to giving you a smile you can be proud to share with everyone you meet.

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