Crown lengthening is a treatment that can be used for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. Our dentist most often recommends this service for patients who have what is called a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile is characterized by teeth that look very short and are covered by excess gum tissue. In most cases, the teeth are actually a normal size, but they look short because of the excess gum tissues. To enhance the appearance of your smile, Dr. Jessica Gorelik will remove the excess tissues to expose more of the tooth structure. We may need to numb the area first to make certain that you feel comfortable throughout your treatment. By removing the excess tissues, more of your beautiful teeth become visible, helping to enhance your smile and improve your overall appearance. This treatment typically requires just one visit to our office.
Crown lengthening may also be needed for restorative uses. If a tooth has broken very close to the gum line, there may not be enough tooth structure above the gums to place a dental crown or other restoration. In these cases, crown lengthening in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, can be used to expose more of the tooth structure and allow the successful placement of your restoration. We invite you to contact 201 Dental Care for more information and to set up your next appointment at our office.