Some people feel their gums appear too long and their teeth appear too short when they smile. A periodontist is able to help with situations like this in which a gummy smile is affecting a patient aesthetically and/or functionally. At Coastal Jaw Surgery in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill, we are equipped to help many patients who want to change their gummy smile.
What is a gummy smile?
A gummy smile is a smile in which the teeth appear too short compared to the gums or when the gums covers too much of some teeth and not others.
How can Coastal Jaw Surgery help me with my gummy smile?
If your smile fits the description of a gummy smile above, dental crown lengthening may be the solution for you. Depending on your unique smile, you may require esthetic crown lengthening and/or functional crown lengthening.
What is esthetic crown lengthening?
This involves removing some of the excess gum tissues to expose more of the tooth crown and resculpting the gums so that they fit your teeth better. This ultimately will make the teeth longer and improve the esthetic appearance of the smile.
What is functional crown lengthening?
Often times due to large cavities or if a tooth is broken below the gum line, a crown is required. However, sometimes the crown is too close to the patient’s gums and bones. In these cases, a procedure known as crown lengthening is needed in order to gain enough space for the crown or filling. Crown lengthening adjusts the levels of the bone and gums in order to expose more tooth structure and allow for a properly fitting crown to be made.
How do I know if my gummy smile can be changed?
If you’d like to learn more about how our doctors can help with your unique smile, schedule a consultation by calling us at 1-800-NEW-LOOK or by reaching out to us using the contact form below.
Which other periodontal services does Coastal Jaw Surgery offer?
We offer a wide range of periodontal services at Coastal Jaw Surgery in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill. To learn more about all the services we offer and about our periodontist, Dr. Lindsey Pikos Rosati, visit our Periodontal Services page.
Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about our oral surgery, dental implants, Same Day Teeth®, or periodontal services, or use the contact form below to reach out to us. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.