What is crown lengthening?

Are you embarrassed to laugh or talk because you have what is called a “gummy” smile, where your teeth appear unusually short? If so, we have a solution to remove the excess gum tissue that covers your beautiful, normal-sized smile. This solution is called crown lengthening, and it can be used for both functional and aesthetic reasons. Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, our practiced dentist, may encourage you to consider crown lengthening in Seattle, Washington so we can:

  • Expose enough tooth surface to fit a dental restoration
  • Improve the appearance of your smile
  • Repair a tooth that has broken at the gumline

Crown lengthening is easy to complete and virtually painless. After numbing the area, we gently remove the diseased gum tissue with our high-powered dental lasers, clean the area, and then gently seal your gumline. Discomfort is generally minimal and we will suggest over-the-counter medications to help if necessary. Throughout the weeks after treatment, we will monitor your smile and how the healing process is going. If you would like to learn more about crown lengthening, please give us a call. At Rainier Dental Center, we are dedicated to helping you achieve a more radiant, healthy smile.