A beautiful smile is the result of well aligned teeth that are fully exposed. You may instead have a “gummy” smile because your teeth appear short. Excess gum tissue can cover part of the anatomy of teeth and result in teeth that appear too short, or a smile that exhibits too much gum tissue. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist can perform a dental crown lengthening procedure.
Esthetic crown lengthening is performed to remove excess gum tissue to create a gumline at the correct position and expose the full anatomy of teeth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile. This procedure may be performed on natural teeth or on teeth that are planned for restoration with crowns or veneers.
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