Many Arizona cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue (and in some cases bone) is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that does not affect healthy tooth structure.
A ‘gummy smile’ is a term used to describe a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Our Phoenix and Queen Creek cosmetic dental patients who have opted for crown lengthening love how their new perfect smile looks and feels. Some of our crown lengthening clients also choose teeth whitening for an extra-dazzling smile!
Crown lengthening is not used solely for cosmetic reasons. When a tooth is injured and breaks at the gum line or if a filling or crown comes off a tooth that contains decay, crown lengthening makes additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. It is also used to treat some types of periodontal disease.
At Harris Dental, we perform cosmetic and restorative crown lengthening for patients in the Phoenix and Queen Creek areas. The surgery can be performed by a general dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon.
If you are interested in crown lengthening or other cosmetic dental procedures and live in the Phoenix or Queen Creek area, schedule an exam by calling (480) 428-0040. When you come in, we can show you before and after photos of Arizona cosmetic dentistry clients who are enjoying their new smile.