How crown lengthening can improve the appearance of the smile

At Family Dental Center, our dentists provide Manteca, California, area patients with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. In addition, we offer aesthetic services and surgeries that are performed to improve the smile’s appearance. For patients with a gummy smile or noticeably short teeth, aesthetic crown lengthening treatments might be appropriate to provide balance and harmony of the smile.

What is crown lengthening surgery?

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure used to improve your teeth’ appearance. It is an elective procedure typically not covered by dental insurance plans, so it is important that patients talk with our front office team about the expected cost and financing options available.

Why is crown lengthening performed?

There are many reasons why patients might choose to have crown lengthening surgery. This treatment can be used to correct a variety of dental problems, including:

  • Teeth that are too short
  • Tooth decay below the gumline
  • A gummy smile

What can I expect from crown lengthening surgery?

Crown lengthening surgery is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in a dentist’s office. During this surgery, the dentist will remove a portion of the gum and bone tissue surrounding your tooth. That will expose more of the tooth’s surface, making it look longer and straighter.

What are the risks associated with crown lengthening surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with crown lengthening surgery. These complications may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to the teeth or jawbone
  • Swelling and bruising of the gums
  • Scarring

During the initial evaluation, patients can ask about the advantages and disadvantages of crown lengthening to determine if they are a good candidate for treatment and have a realistic expectation about what to expect from this service.

Find out more about aesthetic crown lengthening

If you are considering crown lengthening surgery, be sure to discuss all your options with Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy. Our team at Family Dental Center can help you determine if this surgery is the right choice for you. The office is conveniently located at 521 East Center Street in Manteca, CA, and can be reached to book an appointment by calling (209) 420-1205.