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Gum Recontouring/Crown Lengthening – Ellicott City, MD

Saying “So Long” to Your Gummy Smile

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At Ellicott City Smiles, we want you to feel confident about the way you look. This includes making sure your teeth and gums are how you want them to appear. While most cosmetic solutions focus more on the imperfections that exist on your pearly whites, there is one treatment that is designed to ensure symmetry for your soft oral tissues. What is it? With gum recontouring/crown lengthening, we can get rid of your “gummy smile” and give you a more even and balanced appearance. Not to mention, the removal of excess tissue makes it possible to receive a dental crown more easily should you have a decayed tooth in need of repair. Contact us today to find out if you are an eligible candidate for gum recontouring.

What is Gum Recontouring/Crown Lengthening?

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If you are looking to make changes to the aesthetics of your smile by removing excess gum tissue, gum recontouring might just be the solution for you. At Ellicott City Smiles, we can create a balance that not only reveals more of your natural tooth structure but also produces a more even appearance.

By removing this unnecessary tissue, we can also make it possible for you to receive a dental crown because of the additional tooth structure that will become available. Known as crown lengthening, this procedure is important, especially if you are suffering from a severely decayed or damaged tooth that needs repair and protection.

Am I a Candidate for Gum Recontouring/Crown Lengthening?

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Ultimately, it is up to our team of professionals to decide if you are a qualified candidate for either gum recontouring or crown lengthening. After examining your oral cavity, we will determine if you are suffering from:

  • A gummy smile
  • Teeth that appear short and have gum tissue covering much of the natural tooth structure
  • A damaged or decayed tooth that requires a dental crown but cannot be achieved because of excess gum tissue
  • A gum line that appears unbalanced

What Are the Benefits of Gum Recontouring/Crown Lengthening?

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Undergoing any type of cosmetic dentistry procedure has its advantages. When it comes to opting for gum recontouring/crown lengthening, can feel confident knowing that you will:

  • Reduce your risk for gum disease by removing excess tissue and preventing eventual gum recession
  • Improve the aesthetics of your smile by creating a more even gum line
  • Boost your confidence because you will feel more comfortable with the way you look
  • Experience less sensitivity
  • Get the protection your tooth needs by exposing additional tooth structure for the placement of a dental crown

The Process of Gum Recontouring/Crown Lengthening

When preparing to undergo gum recontouring/crown lengthening at Ellicott City Smiles, our team will first administer local anesthesia to ensure you feel no pain throughout your procedure. If necessary, we can also provide sedation to help you comfortable and relaxed during your appointment. We will then begin to slowly remove the excess gum tissue all while carefully crafting a more even gum line. By reducing and contouring these tissues, we can make your teeth appear longer as well as achieve greater symmetry.