Gum shaping is generally performed in order to improve the health of the gum tissue, or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures.Request An Appointment
What is gum shaping?
Gum shaping procedures can be used to correct a “gummy” smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue.
Crown lengthening exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or re-contouring bone and gum tissue. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth or the entire gum line.
Reasons for Crown Lengthening
- Restoration of damaged teeth: Periodontal disease can cause severe damage to the teeth, as can trauma and decay. Where teeth have been broken beneath the gum line, crown lengthening can be used to prepare the area for a new restoration to correct the damaged teeth.
- Cosmetic uses: Extra gum tissue can make teeth look unnaturally short, and also increase susceptibility to periodontal infections. Removing excess gum tissue can restore a balanced, healthy look and thus improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile.
- Dental crowns: Crown lengthening provides more space between the supporting jawbone and dental crown. This prevents the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone once it is in place.
What does crown lengthening involve?
The amount of time this procedure takes will largely depend on how many teeth are involved and whether a small amount of bone needs to be removed, in addition to the soft tissue.
Lasers and radiosurgery can be used to perform the gum contouring procedure. Ask your dentist which technique would be the most suitable for your situation.