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Crown Lengthening for a Less Gummy Smile

If you have ever been told that you have a gummy smile, it means that your gum tissue is covering too much of your teeth. At Marvel Dental, located in Carson City, NV, Dr. Jamie Marvel Melarkey understands this condition and offers cosmetic dentistry options that can help improve your smile.

What is Crown Lengthening?

This term may not be familiar to you, but it is a standard procedure performed in cosmetic dentistry today. For example, your dentist may recommend crown lengthening if you don't have enough exposed tooth enamel to effectively place a crown or bridge.

With the crown lengthening procedure, Dr. Marvel Melarkey, an expert in cosmetic dentistry, can expose more of your tooth or teeth. The dentist can perform the procedure for therapeutic or cosmetic reasons.

Why Would I Need Crown Lengthening?

Your dentist may determine that you need a dental crown or a cap for your damaged or misshapen tooth. However, the dentist may decide that you do not have enough tooth enamel exposed to support a crown or bridge. A dental crown must go over your tooth to do its job, but there must be enough tooth enamel for it to bond with to be successful. In this instance, you will need a crown lengthening procedure.

Reasons Why You Need a Crown Lengthening

The reasons why you need a crown lengthening procedure include:

  • Your tooth has been damaged.
  • The structure of your teeth isn't strong enough to withstand restoration.
  • A filling or crown has fallen off with decay underneath.

Crown Lengthening In Cosmetic Dentistry

Some people feel their teeth are too short, leading to a gummy smile. In addition, patients suffering from excess gum tissue may try to hide their smiles due to a decreased sense of self-confidence. However, with crown lengthening, you can feel great about your smile again.

Types of Crown Lengthening Surgery

There are three different crown lengthening procedures: gingivectomy, flap surgery, and surgical extrusion. When you visit your dentist, they will know which procedure is best for you, and based on the following:

  • Your crown-to-root ratio
  • If there is any bone loss
  • The appearance of your tooth's root
  • Aesthetic considerations
  • Position of affected tooth or teeth
  • Reconstruction needed

Everyone deserves to have a bright and confident smile. Your dentist can help you decide on the right course of treatment for you to get it. So, call and make your cosmetic dentistry appointment today with Dr. Marvel Melarkey of Marvel Dental at her office located in Carson City, NV, at (775) 884-3322.

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