Do you have excess or uneven gum tissue that interferes with your smile’s aesthetics? You have what is known as a “gummy smile.” At New Haven Dental Group, we can address this issue via gum contouring or crown lengthening. Thanks to these precise, minimally invasive cosmetic services, you may soon have well-proportioned gum tissue that beautifully showcases your teeth. The following information explains more about what these services are and how they work. If you are interested receiving one of them, contact a member of our friendly team today so we can schedule your consultation.
Both gum contouring and crown lengthening involve trimming the gum tissue. However, they aim to accomplish different objectives.
Gum contouring is a service wherein we use a soft tissue laser to trim the gums with the goal of creating a more even gum line. It is purely cosmetic in nature. It may be a standalone service, or it may be part of a more comprehensive smile makeover.
Crown lengthening, on the other hand, has the goal of exposing more of your teeth’s enamel. Not only does this make the teeth appear larger, but it can also make room on them for further treatments. For example, you might not be able to receive porcelain veneers if you do not first undergo crown lengthening. In some cases, crown lengthening is necessary before the placement of a fixed bridge or crown.
Gum contouring and crown lengthening come with numerous benefits:
The cost of your gum contouring or crown lengthening will depend on a few factors, including the extent of the procedure. For example, if you are getting your gums adjusted over just one or two teeth, the price will be less than if you have a more extensive treatment. During your consultation, we will let you know the estimated cost of your procedure. And although dental insurance is unlikely to cover gum contouring and crown lengthening, we can help you explore financing options if necessary. CareCredit can allow you to break up the cost of any dental procedure, even cosmetic ones, into low monthly payments.