Some people have gum tissue that extends further down the crowns of their teeth than normal—often referred to as a “gummy smile.” Patients with this excess tissue may feel shy or embarrassed to smile due to their teeth appearing abnormally short. Cosmetic crown lengthening, also known as an aesthetic gum lift or gum recontouring, is a procedure designed to remove excess gum tissue from the teeth, revealing a more balanced and symmetrical smile.
As a board-certified periodontist experienced in gum treatments, Dr. Daniel Lauer performs laser gum recontouring utilizing Waterlase MD™ technology to provide a minimally invasive procedure for a virtually pain-free experience. This innovative laser can efficiently and precisely reshape the gum line with beautiful results. In addition, the process typically produces minimal discomfort, and patients can expect little to no downtime after their procedure.
Crown lengthening may also be performed to prepare a tooth for a dental restoration such as a porcelain crown. Recontouring the gum line prior to a dental restoration procedure can enhance the fit of the restoration as well as improve the aesthetic results. If you would like more information about crown lengthening, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.