mobile head model Aesthetic Crown Lengthening or 'Gum Lift'

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening or "Gum Lift"

Crown lengthening is a procedure that re-sculpts the gum line when we identify areas with excessive or uneven gums. Also known as a gum lift, this procedure gives a patient with “gummy smile” a more aesthetically pleasing smile where the teeth are in even proportion with the gum line. A gum lift also promotes healthier gums and eliminates future problems that are associated with excessive gum tissue.

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Before After Aesthetic Crown Lengthening or Gum Lift. Before & After Treatment Photos: patient 1
Before After Aesthetic Crown Lengthening or Gum Lift. Before & After Treatment Photos: patient 2
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The most common conditions that can be treated with crown lengthening are tooth decay and fractured and broken off teeth underneath the gum line. When the gum line extends too far over the tooth, it can lead to a periodontal disease, since the gum is more vulnerable to bacteria. If a tooth has been damaged, our gum specialist may determine that an implant or a veneer should be used, in combination with a gum lift that will expose more of the tooth and assist in stabilizing the implant. There are several indications that signal the need for a crown lengthening procedure:

  • Root fracture
  • Inadequate tooth length due to wear
  • Below the gum decay on the root surface of the tooth
  • Perforation of the tooth root
  • Crown fracture leading to short crown that cannot be used for a replacement

The gum specialists at Luxury Dentistry NYC will take impressions, photos and x-rays beforehand, not only to aid in the surgery, but to give patients the best prediction for the end results before starting the treatment. Patients will be given a local anesthetic before a short and easy procedure. Through the removal of small amounts of tissue, excess gum will be reduced and reshaped. In most cases, all that is needed to expose more of the tooth is to trim the gum tissue, but in some cases where there is an excess of tissue and bone, a small piece of the bone will have to be removed as well.

Once the procedure is completed, generally only after thirty minutes to an hour, the gum will be cleaned and stitched. Patients will be given a prescription for a pain reliever, can go back to work, and return to all normal activities after two or three days. Full recovery is expected within one to two weeks, after the stitches are removed.

The procedure, in addition to creating a symmetrical gum line in the smile zone, will reduce the chances for periodontal disease or other bacteria infection by increasing the tooth surface for easier cleaning. Unlike other treatments, crown lengthening only needs to be done once, with no need for touch ups or re-treatments. The result will be a natural, healthy smile that can last for years.

Written by Dr. Steven Davidowitz. Updated on 1/8/2020.



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For further information on crown lengthening, please contact our New York office and set up a consultation with one of our gum specialists.

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