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Crown Lengthening in Allen

Improve Your Gum Health

Closeup of healthy teeth and gums

Do you have a “gummy” smile where your teeth are overshadowed by too much gum tissue? Do you wish that your teeth could be just a little bit longer? If so, then Dr. Fatima Robertson, The Oral Plastic Surgeon, can provide exactly what you need in the form of crown lengthening. Like the name suggests, this procedure’s goal is to expose more of a tooth’s crown (the portion that shows above the gum line) in order to improve both the health and appearance of the smile.

Your teeth consist of two main parts: a root and a crown. A small portion of the crown is actually hidden by the gums and bone that support the teeth, and with crown lengthening, we can reveal it to provide a number of benefits. With it, Dr. Fatima Robertson can:

  • Expose a damaged portion of a tooth below the gum line in order to repair it.
  • Make a tooth’s crown longer to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile.
  • Make a tooth’s crown longer so it can securely fit a dental crown or porcelain veneer.

Using just a few small incisions, Dr. Robertson will be able to access the bone supporting a tooth and gently reshape it to make the crown longer. This can not only drastically change the look of a person’s smile, but it can also be an essential step for a patient hoping to receive a dental crown or porcelain veneer.

Crown lengthening can typically be completed over the course of a single appointment while using a local anesthetic. For this, Dr. Robertson will make a few small incisions in the gums around a tooth to expose the bone, and then she’ll gently reshape the area to reveal more of the crown. From there, she’ll close the gums, and you should be completely healed within a week or less.

If you can’t figure out why one of your teeth is hurting, or if you’d simply like to get rid of your “gummy” smile, crown lengthening could be the answer you need. To learn more about it and how it can help, contact us today.