If you are concerned about a “gummy smile” and are interested in periodontal plastic surgery, set up a consultation with Dr. David Rosen to learn about the functional crown lengthening procedure. Dr. Rosen may recommend this procedure in order to perform a cosmetic or restorative procedure that will improve the look of your smile. Periodontal plastic surgery refers to the different types of cosmetic procedures performed on the gums to improve the appearance and overall health of the smile.
The Functional Crown Lengthening Procedure
If you have a tooth that is very decayed, broken below the gum line, or there is not enough tooth structure for a crown or a bridge, you may need to have the gum line lowered. Lowering the gum line and bone level helps to expose more of the root surface so that the tooth can be restored appropriately. Only trimming back the gum line is not always sufficient, as this may not be enough to create space for a high quality restoration. With the functional crown lengthening procedure, Dr. Rosen works to reshape the gums and supporting bone so that there is plenty of room for the restoration.
This procedure is performed under local anesthetic so that you will be comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Rosen will make small incisions to remove gum tissue. He will also reshape the bone tissue to create an ideal space for a crown or bridge. Dr. Rosen will place sutures on the treated area, which will be removed in one to two weeks. After the area has healed completely, usually in about six to eight weeks, a crown or bridge can be placed to complete the restorative process.
If you have a gummy smile and are seeking periodontal treatment for Lexington, MA patients, schedule your consultation with Dr. Rosen. You can find out if you are a good candidate for the functional crown lengthening or esthetic crown lengthening procedures, both of which can improve the overall appearance and health of your smile.