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Angelo M. Julovich, DDS
6857 W Stonegate Drive, Suite A
Zionsville, IN 46077
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Crown Lengthening – Zionsville, IN

Say Goodbye to a Gummy Smile

Is there a bit too much gum visible when you open your lips? Or are your teeth looking a little too small? In many cases, your smile can be made more beautiful by exposing more of the tooth with a process called crown lengthening (sometimes called a gum lift). Dr. Angelo M. Julovich is happy to offer this surgery to patients who would like to make cosmetic improvements; you can contact us today to schedule a consultation.

What is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening involves the removal of excess gum tissue and bone around the upper teeth. It’s often used if there’s not enough room for a medically necessary dental crown to be placed, but the procedure can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as an overly pronounced or uneven gumline.

Sometimes crown lengthening may not always be the best solution for improving your smile. If your teeth are particularly wide, for example, they may look too big afterwards. At Trinity Dental, Dr. Julovich will thoroughly examine your mouth and help you determine the best approach.

The Crown Lengthening Process

How long a crown lengthening surgery takes depends on how many teeth are being worked on. Sometimes neighboring teeth will be included to help the overall reshaping process.

After applying local anesthesia, the dentist will make strategic cuts in the gums and expose the tooth roots. In most cases simply removing a little gum tissue will be enough, but occasionally some bone might need to be taken out as well. Once the surgery is complete, the site will be rinsed with sterile salt water and the gums will receive stitches.

Advantages of Crown Lengthening

In addition to creating a prettier, more symmetrical smile, there are other benefits to crown lengthening:

  • While some cosmetic dentistry treatments require touching-up later, crown lengthening only needs to be done once to achieve permanent results.
  • The surgery can be done very quickly, usually between 30 minutes and an hour.
  • Because more of the enamel is exposed, the risk of decay is lessened because it’s easier to clean the entire tooth.

Recovering from Surgery

You’ll need to use ice to keep down any swelling for a few hours; you may also receive a prescription pain reliever. The stitches will be removed in 7 to 10 days; until then, you’ll need to maintain a diet of soft foods and be very careful while brushing in that area.

If a new crown is needed, the gums will be allowed about three months to heal before it’s placed. (Otherwise the gums could shrink and expose the edges of the crown.) Other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers, can be considered once healing is complete.