Tooth lengthening is a standard procedure that involves the alteration of the gum’s position in order to expose more of your tooth. Teeth lengthening is also commonly known as crown-lengthening and is undertaken to increase the surface volume of a tooth.
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. Tooth whitening is often commonly used for cosmetic reasons, usually to improve 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. The procedure generally requires a local anaesthetic and one water laser in order to ensure the anticipated results of a more perfect, balanced smile are achieved. 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.
Regardless of whether you desire the teeth lengthening procedure for improved tooth function, cosmetic reasons or for improved hygiene, you are guaranteed to reap the benefits of both a show-stopping smile and optimal dental health.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from another qualified registered Dental Surgeon.
Dr Michael Finkelstein BDS