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What is “Crown Lengthening”?

  • October 6, 2010

gummy smile surgery Perfect smiles created by cosmetic dentist Larry D. Duffield sometimes require crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening surgery is a safe and effective procedure that exposes more of the visible part of the tooth. Some clients undergo crown lengthening surgery at Duffield Dentistry to alter their gummy smile.

A gummy smile refers to upper teeth that appear too short because excess bone and soft tissue covers part of the teeth. When a gummy smile is eliminated, our patients can’t believe how it changes their whole face. They love their new smile which reveals pleasing, symmetrical portions of their upper teeth.

Sometimes, a client needs crown lengthening because of tooth fracture. When a tooth breaks at the gum line or a crown is fractured, crown lengthening makes tooth structure accessible for the necessary restoration without having to put in a dental implant .

Digital imaging is one of the technological tools that helps Birmingham, MI advanced cosmetic dental professionals perform crown lengthening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. When a cosmetic dentist has a highly-detailed, 3-D image of tooth and bone structure, he/she is able to achieve the precision necessary to design smiles to the patient’s exact specifications.

If you are seeking a dental smile makeover and live in the Birmingham, MI area, schedule a smile consultation by calling 248-721-4502. We are conveniently located at 2009 Crooks Road in Royal Oak Michigan, 48073. When you come in, we can show you photos of Michigan cosmetic dentistry clients who are enjoying their dazzling smile.


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