Crown Lengthening ("Gummy" Smile, Overgrown Gums) – Rogers, AR*

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Overview

Dr. Brett Cotham is highly skilled at crown lengthening to enhance the look and health of your teeth. Crown lengthening may come off as an odd name to some because it sounds like it entails adding length to the tooth. A more precise term is "crown exposure" because some of the gum tissue is cut away to show more of the enamel. You might want crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons if you'd like to improve a "gummy" smile. Crown lengthening is also an option if your tooth is not visible enough to hold a crown, filling, or another restoration. To get more information, schedule an appointment at All About Smiles in Rogers, AR.

Best Candidates

If you are considering crown lengthening, you should be in good overall health, particularly with regard to the gums. Problems, such as gum (periodontal) disease, might have to be addressed before the procedure. Most frequently, crown lengthening is done for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In such circumstances, excessive gum tissue could be eliminated to balance the proportion of tooth to gums and provide you a raised, even gumline. In some cases, crown lengthening may also be required to complete a dental restoration. The team at All About Smiles might want to uncover more of your tooth to comfortably place a bridge, crown, or filling.

What To Expect

To begin the procedure, local anesthesia is applied to the treated regions to minimize your discomfort. You can talk about other sedation options with Dr. Cotham during your initial consultation to help you stay comfortable and calm throughout the process. Once you are ready, the gum tissue is removed in small slivers to slowly show more of your enamel, and then your gumline will be sculpted for a lifted and even look. Once we have finished the process, we will close the gums and then rinse your mouth.

Recovery

Following your treatment, your gums could be sore and inflamed. Over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses can be utilized to lessen your discomfort, but Dr. Cotham can write a prescription for antibiotics and/or pain medication. It can be good to adhere to a soft food or liquid diet for many days while your mouth heals. You should keep your mouth clean at home with soft brushing and mouthwash but avoid dental floss. In some cases, you might need to make another appointment at All About Smiles to track your recovery. We will continue to assess your gums at your yearly dental examination.

Insurance Coverage

The cost for crown lengthening will differ based on why it is being done. Dental insurance companies might cover a part of the expense in certain scenarios, but they might not. In any case, our financial team will get in touch with your insurer to ascertain what your personal expenses will be prior to discussing your choices for payment. If you do not have insurance, our team can help estimate your expenses in your consultation and also provide you more info on low-interest financing, which could help to make your treatment easier to afford.

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Crown Lengthening

Whether you want to improve your smile or oral health, find out more information on crown lengthening treatments at All About Smiles. By eliminating gum tissue, it's possible to enhance the overall look of a "gummy" smile or prep your mouth for a dental restoration. Schedule an appointment today to determine if you're a candidate for restorative or cosmetic crown lengthening treatments at All About Smiles in Rogers, AR.

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