Many Alexandria 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 Alexandria cosmetic dental patients who have opted for crown lengthening love how their new perfect smile looks and feels. Some of our Alexandria 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.
At Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, we perform cosmetic and restorative crown lengthening for patients in the Alexandria, Springfield and Washington DC area. The surgery can be performed by a family dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon.
If you are interested in crown lengthening or other cosmetic dental procedures and live in the Mt. Vernon, area, schedule an exam by calling 703-996-4666. We are conveniently located at 8101 Hinson Farm Rd Ste 114 in Alexandria. When you come in, we can show you before and after photos of VA cosmetic dentistry clients who are enjoying their new smile.
- Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry