Teeth Lengthening (Gum Lift)

Gummy smiles can impact teeth health below the gum line.

What is teeth lengthening?

Teeth lengthening involves the alteration of the gum’s position in order to expose more of the tooth and making it appear longer.

Teeth lengthening is also commonly known as crown-lengthening or gum lift and is undertaken to increase the surface volume of a tooth. for cosmetic and health reasons.

A diagram of a gummy smile

Why do teeth need to be 'lengthened'?

Teeth lengthening can be used for practical reasons or for cosmetic reasons. It can be a tremendously beneficial procedure to aid in the repair of teeth, especially teeth that have been cracked or fragmented near the gum. Tooth lengthening enables dentists to increase the successfulness of crucial tooth repairs by reshaping the gum tissue. 

What is a gummy smile?

A gummy smile is where there is a disproportionate amount of gum tissue in comparison to the tooth, hence concealing the ideal shape of each tooth. Through a meticulously planned tooth lengthening procedure, patients can expect to receive a more visually appealing balance and a more beautiful smile.

Your teeth lengthening treatment with Dr Finkelstein

The procedure generally requires a local anaesthetic and aims to create a more perfect and balanced smile.

In order to fix a gummy smile, it is often necessary to perform the tooth lengthening procedure on more than one tooth. This will ensure uniformity and balance. Hence the length of the procedure ultimately depends on the number of teeth that require lengthening.

How much does tooth lengthening cost?

Costs of teeth lengthening can vary based on the number of teeth needing to be lengthening and the extent of the lengthening required. The costs of your procedure will be advised during your initial consultation.

Are you needing teeth lengthening?

Whether it is for cosmetic or health reason Dr. Finkelstein can provide advice for improving your smile.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.  Dr Finkelstein will explain these to you carefully at the time of your consultation as well as address any questions you may have.  We also recommend before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.