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3 Benefits of Crown Lengthening To Enhance Your Smile

3 Benefits of Crown Lengthening To Enhance Your Smile

You’ve likely heard of fillings, veneers, and dental implants, but crown lengthening? This procedure may be less familiar than other dental treatments, but it’s a common procedure that’s used in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

At Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants in Gulfport, Mississippi, Caesar Sweidan, DDS, and Laura Smith, DDS, use advanced technology with lasers to do crown lengthening. This cutting-edge approach enables them to perform the procedure with greater precision, and you get terrific results without a scalpel and hefty downtime.

Are you considering crown lengthening to enhance your smile? Here are three benefits of this procedure.

The basics of crown lengthening

With a name like “crown lengthening,” it’s easy to assume dentists add something to a tooth to make it longer. However, it’s actually the very opposite. They remove excess gum tissue, and sometimes reshape bone, to expose more of the tooth — or crown. 

Taking this step leaves more of your tooth visible, making it seem longer. Making these changes in the mouth can create a more even-looking smile. If you’re getting a dental restoration, we may use this process as part of your treatment.

3 benefits of crown lengthening

There are many benefits of crown lengthening. Here are three of them:

1. It’s safe, effective, and only takes one office visit

In the past, crown lengthening required using physical cutting instruments and significant downtime. But the FDA-cleared LANAP laser protocol enables us to provide a more comfortable, more successful treatment alternative.

This special dental laser uses wavelengths of energy to remove tissue. We can treat a single tooth or several during your visit, and it usually takes less than an hour.

2. It can address numerous dental issues

Crown lengthening may be a specific procedure, but it can address numerous dental problems at one time. 

If you’re looking to enhance your smile, it can allow us to:

Before moving forward with your crown lengthening, we conduct a comprehensive dental exam to look for underlying oral health issues. Then, we explain your treatment options and how crown lengthening could help. 

3. It can improve your self-confidence

It may be difficult to smile if you’re sensitive about issues involving your teeth and gums. But, whether you have oral health issues or cosmetic concerns, crown lengthening can give you something to smile about. 

Smiles described as “gummy” typically have 2 millimeters or more of visible gingiva — or gum tissue. With the laser treatment, we can remove the excess gum tissue to let the world see more of your teeth. And if you use the LANAP laser system, it comes with less:

Plus, the healing process is far faster and more comfortable than traditional crown lengthening procedures.

If you want to learn more about crown lengthening and see if it can help you, call 228-868-9615 or request an appointment online with Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants today.

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