You should always feel confident in your smile. An important aspect of a healthy and beautiful smile is the aesthetic balance between the teeth and gums. Often times patients with excessive gum exposure feel that their smile is too “gummy”. Gummy smiles can be unattractive and make patients feel self-conscious and unwilling to share their smile. Marr Family Dentistry offers laser therapy and crown lengthening procedures to restore the balance between the gums and teeth.
While gummy smiles are generally a cosmetic concern, some patients may not be able to receive a dental restoration due to a short crown. Gummy smile treatments can help lengthen the tooth crown, allowing Dr. Marr to properly restore the smile for optimal oral health. A thorough oral health consultation will help you choose which treatment is right for you.
Crown lengthening is a restorative procedure performed under local anesthetic. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth or the entire gum line. Dr. Marr will work with you to determine the most conservative treatment option available to restore your smile.
A small series of incisions will be made in the gum line. Using special tools, Dr. Marr will gently and gradually reposition the gum line for a natural and more aesthetic appearance with sufficient crown exposure. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the gum to tooth ratio, the site will be cleaned and sutured shut.
Laser Dentistry for Gum Contouring
For some patients, laser dentistry may be a successful alternative to crown lengthening surgery. State of the art lasers can be used to re-contour the gum line for a natural and beautiful smile. Laser dentistry eliminates the need for sutures and promotes natural healing.
Laser dentistry is also an effective treatment for receding gum lines. Receding gums are often a symptom of gum disease. A receding gum line can compromise the integrity of the oral foundation leaving the root of the tooth exposed and susceptible to tooth loss. Ask Dr. Marr if laser dentistry is right for you.
There is a range of surgical and non-surgical gum contouring treatment options. Healthy gums are the foundation of a stable bite and smile and can help patients enjoy a comfortable and beautiful smile. Give us a call at (970) 514-7010, or request an appointment online today.