Are you a Monroe, NC area resident with a gummy smile? Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, and if you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks, you could be hesitant to fully express yourself. Are you embarrassed to show off your pearly whites, because you feel like they are upstaged by the excessive amount of gum tissue you have in your mouth? Do you feel like your teeth are too short and disproportionate for your smile? If you answered, “Yes!” to any of these questions, it’s time to talk to our doctors at Union Oral Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants about improving your gummy smile through crown lengthening.
At Union Oral Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants, not only are we concerned about your oral hygiene, we’re concerned about your general wellbeing and self-confidence. We perform a variety of Periodontal plastic surgery procedures to help Monroe, NC residents feel more confident about their smile while improving the health of their teeth and gums.
What is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is the ideal cosmetic periodontal procedure for Monroe, NC residents with gummy smiles – all gums and hardly any teeth. During a crown lengthening surgery, we will remove excess gum tissue revealing the crown of your teeth, which in dentistry is known as the portion of your teeth that is visible to the naked eye. Union Oral Surgery can treat your gummy smile forever by performing crown lengthening surgery, resulting in more of your tooth’s natural crown being on display when you smile.
How Does Crown Lengthening Work?
There are a variety of ways in which crown lengthening surgery may be performed to provide you with a less gummy smile. These include:
- Surgically removing excess gum tissue to reveal the most attractive and healthy appearance of the gum tissue
- Using instruments such as a laser to provide the most gentle surgery
Fixing a Gummy Smile for Functional Reasons
Perhaps your gummy smile has never bothered you, but you now need dental procedures performed such as artificial crowns or dental implants to replace teeth that have fallen out or need to be surgically extracted. If you have a gummy smile, it could be impossible for us to correctly perform dental implant placement without removing the excess gum tissue. Additionally, gummy smiles actually put you at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease, which can cause you to lose the bone that supports your teeth. Why place yourself at risk for these periodontal problems when there’s a perfectly safe procedure for restoring both the function and aesthetics of your smile?
I Have a Gummy Smile, But I’m Nervous to Undergo Oral Surgery
At Union Oral Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants, we understand that oral surgery and periodontal procedures might make Monroe, NC residents anxious, no matter how big the reward may be after such a surgery. For this reason, we work one on one with our oral surgery and periodontal patients, including those with gummy smiles, to develop a personalized treatment plan for them. These treatment plans often include some form of sedation dentistry, which is known to help make patients more comfortable during their oral surgery and periodontal procedures.
All crown lengthening patients in Monroe, NC will receive a local anesthetic at the surgical site, so that they are numb and do not feel any pain from their procedure. But, some crown lengthening patients like to take their experience a level deeper, and choose from our various sedation options. At Union Oral Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants, we provide nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” which is a safe anesthetic that makes you happily less aware of your procedure as it is being performed. When requested, IV sedation or general anesthesia is available, if a deeper level of anesthesia is desired.
How Do I Know Crown Lengthening is Right for Me?
If you have a gummy smile, you may be wondering what type of results a crown lengthening surgery can provide. That’s a perfect reason for you to visit Union Oral Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants for a consultation. During this appointment, the doctor will explain the procedure to you in full detail and estimate the type of results you can expect to see if you choose to treat your gummy smile with a crown lengthening procedure.
You shouldn’t go through life feeling self-conscious, or less than perfect. If you have a gummy smile that you want to correct, then don’t delay. Visit Union Oral Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants for a consultation appointment today.
You can schedule a visit now by calling our offices at (704) 291-7333.