If a patient’s teeth sit too low or too high on their teeth, Dr. Gregory J. Brandau may recommend crown lengthening in Sarasota, Florida. Crown lengthening is the process by which our dentist evens out your gum line, thus giving you a more beautiful smile. Some of the gum tissue is removed or the gum line is reshaped using a scalpel or laser.
There are a number of factors which can make your gums look too high or too low. Gums that are too high on the teeth cause your teeth to appear short. This can be caused by genetics, a health problem, or taking certain prescription drugs. If your gums sit too low on the teeth, your teeth will appear too long. Often, this is caused by gum recession. This is a condition in which the gums pull back from the teeth, exposing the tooth roots. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to tooth decay or the loss of permanent teeth. Gum recession is often caused by gingivitis, which is a disease that attacks the gums and bones that support the teeth.
We encourage you to contact Sterling Dental today to learn if crown lengthening is for you and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.