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Crown Lengthening
Williston Park NY

Woman smiling after Crown Lengthening at Long Island Smile, Williston Park NY Dentist.Your smile is a major factor in the first impressions that you make. It is often the very first thing that others notice about you, even before you speak. What comes to the perfect smile, many people tend to think only about the appearance of the teeth. However, even if your teeth are perfectly straight, bright white and free of blemishes, your smile may still not be what you want. While your teeth are an important component of your smile, they are not the only one. Your gums also play a crucial role. When you have excess gum tissue, it can make your otherwise perfect teeth appear small, diminishing the quality of your smile. At Long Island Smile, we can help with crown lengthening.

What is Crown Lengthening?


Excess gum tissue often leaves you with a gummy smile. Your teeth appear smaller than normal, even if they are otherwise perfect. Along with affecting the appearance of your smile, excess gum tissue can increase your risk of developing gum disease, as the tissue provides ideal hiding places for oral bacteria. Crown lengthening is a procedure that is performed to remove that excess gum tissue, and a small amount of bone in some cases, restoring a more natural, even gum line, and helping your teeth to appear longer and more natural.

Crown Lengthening Procedure


Crown lengthening is done under a local anesthetic, which helps you to avoid feeling any discomfort during the procedure. Sedation may also be provided if you are feeling exceptionally nervous. We then make small incisions in your gums, which enables us to separate your tissue from your teeth. The excess tissue is removed, and we work to create a more natural gum line. If necessary, we will also remove small amounts of bone. The exact length of time it takes to complete your procedure will depend on a few factors, such as how many teeth require correction and whether or not you need to have any bone removed. Once we have removed the necessary tissue, the gums are washed with a sterile solution and sutured back up snugly against the necks of your teeth. Results are noticeable right away.

Other Reasons for Crown Lengthening


While aesthetics are a popular use for crown lengthening, it is not the only one. Crown lengthening has functional purposes as well.

•  Placing dental crowns. Dental crowns are used to protect damaged teeth from further harm and prevent serious infections. These caps are made to completely cover the entire visible surface of the affected tooth. Too much gum tissue can prevent the crown from being placed properly, leaving the damaged tooth at risk. Removing excess tissue will enable the crown to be seated properly.
•  Filling cavities. Cavities that are at the gum line can be tricky to treat. The decay may not be fully removed, or the cavity may not be filled. Removing the excess tissue in the cavity can make treatment easier and more effective.
•  Gum health. Excess gum tissue creates an ideal environment for oral bacteria. The bacteria can hide in the tissues, which are more difficult to keep clean. As a result, you are left with a greater risk of developing gum disease. Removing excess tissue eliminates bacterial hiding places and makes your mouth easier to care for.

Removing excess gum tissue, and giving you a more natural gum line, can help you to achieve the smile you have been searching for. For more information, and to find out if crown lengthening is right for you, call Long Island Smile today at (516) 243-7473.

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Long Island Smile
101 Hillside Ave. Suite A
Williston Park, NY 11596


Phone: (516) 243-7473
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