If your gummy smile makes you self-conscious, a simple cosmetic dental treatment is within reach at the private practice of periodontist Vanessa Bikhazi, DDS, in Newport Beach, California. She and her team offer aesthetic crown lengthening to perfect your beautiful smile or make room for a crown, bridge, or other dental restorations. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bikhazi and her team today by phone or online to find out if aesthetic crown lengthening is right for you.
Dr. Bikhazi and her staff use aesthetic crown lengthening, a cosmetic procedure. The treatment includes gum contouring or bone recontouring that lengthens the number of exposed teeth near your gumline. She might recommend the treatment to perfect an aesthetically pleasing smile or create needed space before placing dental crowns or bridges.
Aesthetic crown lengthening is beneficial for numerous reasons. The procedure makes room for a crown, which is like a dental cap that fits over a natural tooth that’s:
If you have a gummy smile you’re embarrassed by, crown lengthening can perfect the way your teeth, gums, and smile look. To determine if aesthetic crown lengthening is right for you, Dr. Bikhazi and her team review your oral health history, examine your gums and teeth, and take dental X-rays.
To prepare for a crown lengthening procedure, follow Dr. Bikhazi’s instructions. She might recommend that you discontinue taking certain medicines before the procedure. Arrange for someone to drive you home from your appointment.
Aesthetic crown lengthening is a simple treatment that often takes less than 60 minutes to complete. Dr. Bikhazi numbs the area to be treated and offers you a sedative to help you relax. She gently makes an incision to pull your gums away from the teeth to expose tooth roots and bone.
Dr. Bikhazi completes gum contouring and recontours the bone as needed. She cleans the surgical site, stitches the incisions closed, places dressings over the treatment area, and might give you a stent or denture to wear during the healing process. You can go home on the day of your procedure.
After the local anesthetic wears off, you might feel some tenderness at the treatment site. Take medicines as prescribed and use a special mouthwash to allow your gums to heal quickly. Take it easy for a while, and avoid strenuous exercise until Dr. Bikhazi gives you the all-clear.
Ice the treatment area as needed, and leave all dressings in place. Brush your teeth carefully and avoid hot foods for at least 24 hours. Begin with a soft-food diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Avoid drinking through a straw until Dr. Bikhazi says it’s OK to do so. Complete healing of the bone and gum tissue could take several weeks or months.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, gums, and smile, schedule an appointment with Vanessa Bikhazi, DDS, today. You can call the office or schedule online to find out if aesthetic crown lengthening is right for you.