Many Anchorage cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue (and in some cases bone) is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that does not affect healthy tooth structure.
A ‘gummy smile’ is a term used to describe a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Our Anchorage cosmetic dental patients who have opted for crown lengthening love how their new perfect smile looks and feels. Some of our crown lengthening clients also choose teeth whitening for an extra-dazzling smile!
Crown lengthening is not used solely for cosmetic reasons. When a tooth is injured and breaks at the gum line or if a filling or crown comes off a tooth that contains decay, crown lengthening makes additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. It is also used to treat some types of periodontal disease.
If you are interested in crown lengthening or other cosmetic dental procedures, schedule an exam with Dr. Kirk Johnson by calling (907) 349-0022. We are conveniently located at 1000 East O’Malley, Suite 101, Anchorage, AK. When you come in, we can show you before and after photos of Alaska cosmetic dentistry clients who are enjoying their new smile.