Many patients struggle with a smile that shows a disproportionate amount of gum to teeth, commonly referred to as a “gummy smile.” While not a medical issue, many individuals opt to address it for aesthetic reasons. With aesthetic crown lengthening, your gums are meticulously contoured to reveal more of your tooth structure, resulting in a more balanced gum-to-tooth ratio. This procedure offers an instant and dramatic transformation to your smile, enhancing both its appearance and your confidence.

Call Marketplace dentistry today to learn if aesthetic crown lengthening is right for you.

Explore the Benefits of Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

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During the aesthetic crown lengthening procedure, our skilled dental team delicately lifts your gums away from your teeth, carefully trimming them to achieve the desired aesthetic proportions.

Following precise adjustments, the gums are thoroughly disinfected and meticulously reattached to ensure optimal healing and symmetry.

Typically, this process can be completed within an hour, although the duration may vary depending on the extent of recontouring required for each tooth. Rest assured, our priority is to deliver exceptional results while prioritizing your comfort and well-being throughout the procedure.

Though the procedure is invasive, a local anesthetic is often enough for most patients to feel comfortable. However, you may choose dental sedation to further minimize discomfort during and after the procedure. This is often a better choice for anyone who suffers from anxiety or will have difficulty staying still during the procedure.

While the term “aesthetic crown lengthening” may initially evoke concerns about discomfort, modern techniques prioritize patient comfort. Local anesthetics are administered around the gum line, effectively numbing the area to ensure a pain-free experience during the procedure. Additionally, post-operative care includes the prescription of pain management medications to alleviate any residual discomfort, allowing for a smoother recovery process and ensuring your comfort throughout.

Recovery from  Crown Lengthening

Generally, you will only need a few days of rest after the procedure before you can safely return to normal activity. If you have a highly physical job, you may need a few additional days.

For full healing and recovery, you can expect up to three months of gum sensitivity though most will abate in the first two weeks. This should not affect your ability to eat or do other activities and will improve over time.

To help minimize this sensitivity and promote healing, you may need to avoid foods that are extremely hot or cold for the first few weeks. Additionally, brushing and flossing in the affected area should be avoided for several days.

 You may also notice some temporary bleeding of the gums. This is normal and not a cause for concern. 

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Who is a Good Candidate for  Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening, a low-risk procedure, is generally safe for most patients, though ideal candidates typically exhibit good overall health, particularly in terms of oral health. Prior to surgery, addressing any existing gum disease or decay is imperative. Other medical conditions and medications that may impede healing or increase bleeding must be carefully evaluated. By ensuring optimal health and addressing any underlying concerns, patients can embark on their crown lengthening journey with confidence, knowing that their well-being is prioritized every step of the way.

Schedule Your Aesthetic Crown Lengthening & Gum Recontouring Consultation

Fix your gummy smile with gum recontouring from Marketplace Dentistry. Schedule a consultation to learn if this procedure is right for you. 

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