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Crown lengthening, also known as gum contouring, can be performed to improve the aesthetics of a gummy smile by altering the gum line so it is less prominent. Natural teeth should be slightly taller than they are wide. If you notice that your teeth are more square than they should be, you may be a candidate for crown lengthening. Dr. Brian J Polidori can perform this procedure at our Lakewood, CO, office by removing small amounts of gum tissue to expose more of the tooth crown. Crown lengthening is often performed in conjunction with new restorations, such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers.
Crown lengthening may be necessary in a variety of situations, serving both aesthetic and functional needs. Aesthetic crown lengthening is performed primarily for cosmetic purposes with the intent of bringing symmetry and contour to your smile. This produces a beautifully balanced smile. Functional crown lengthening is often performed in order to expose more of the tooth structure so a dental crown or veneer can be placed. This procedure ensures there is adequate space between the gum tissue and the new crown, establishing an optimal fit.
Crown lengthening, or gum contouring, can improve the aesthetics of a gummy smile by altering the gum line so it is less prominent.
When you have your crown lengthening procedure at Colorado Premier Dental, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of care. Crown lengthening is typically performed in five steps:
When you have your crown lengthening procedure at Colorado Premier Dental, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of care.
You will be given detailed post-operative instructions following your procedure. These instructions will include things you can do to ensure a speedy recovery, such as:
To find out if crown lengthening can benefit your oral health, call our office at (303) 935-3465. You can also contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Polidori or to speak to a member of our staff.