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What is Crown Lengthening?

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Britegums is a gingival depigmentation procedure so you may be wondering why we’re talking about crown lengthening. After all, crown lengthening (also called gum contouring) seemingly doesn’t have anything to do with melanin in the gums, right? In cosmetic dentistry, patients rarely need just one specific treatment to radically transform their smile. Britegums can “pinken” gums but what if there’s too much gum showing when you smile? In those cases, Britegums can make the gums less noticeable by removing the pigmentation but that won’t modify the shape of your smile. To change that, you’ll want to look into crown lengthening.

How can crown lengthening transform my smile?

Crown lengthening is a procedure where a doctor lifts the gums, revealing more of the teeth. The procedure is for people with (what some people call) “gummy” smiles, or smiles where too much gum is showing.

Gum contouring is the surgical attempt to create a better teeth-to-gum ratio. For people with “small” teeth (i.e. too much gum in the smile line), this procedure can be life-changing. Unfortunately, just like with gum pigmentation, a lot of people don’t realize that there’s something dentists can do to correct a gummy smile.

Does gum contouring always work?

Gum contouring and crown lengthening are more of a gamble than Britegums. The surgery is somewhat invasive and the gum tissue can, in certain cases, grow back. The healing period after gum contouring is long and, for some, a little uncomfortable. It is undoubtedly an oral surgery so it comes with its own risks and concerns. 

Doctors typically recommend crown lengthening for patients with severe gummy smiles or patients with an uneven gum line. If the gum line isn’t symmetrical, the doctor might only have to shape the gum above one or two teeth instead of the entire smile line. Lots of people have uneven gums over their laterals (the teeth right next to your two front teeth). One may look a little “larger” than the other. Gum contouring can correct that.

Before you get crown lengthening, make sure you’ve talked to your doctor about whether or not you’re a good candidate. The best candidates for any cosmetic dental procedures (Britegums included) have healthy teeth and healthy gums. If your gums are bleeding or inflamed (signs of periodontal disease), the chances of the surgery being a success go down. Make sure to get cavities filled and scaling done before your surgery.

 Where can I get crown lengthening and Britegums?

If you want to know if crown lengthening combined with Britegums is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Stanley, the inventor of Britegums. He’s performed many crown lengthening surgeries and knows what a candidate for the procedure looks like. If you live outside of the Cary, North Carolina area, you can also schedule a virtual consultation. We’ll see you soon!

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