Many Knoxville cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo gum contouring surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue and, in some cases, bone is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that does not affect healthy tooth structure.
A ‘gummy smile’ is a term used to describe a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Our Knoxville cosmetic dental patients who have opted for gum contouring love how their new perfect smile looks and feels. Some of our Knoxville gum contouring clients also choose teeth whitening for an extra-dazzling smile!
Gum contouring and crown lengthening is not used solely for cosmetic reasons. When a tooth is injured and breaks at the gum line or if a filling or crown comes off a tooth that contains decay, crown lengthening makes additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. It is also used to treat some types of gum disease.
At Marty W. Lindahl, DDS, we perform cosmetic and restorative crown lengthening for patients in the Knoxville area. The surgery can be performed by a general dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon.
If you are interested in gum contouring or other cosmetic dental procedures and live in the Knoxville area, schedule an exam by calling (865) 983-4444. We are conveniently located at 2625 Old Niles Ferry Rd in Maryville, TN. When you come in, we can show you before and after photos of cosmetic dentistry clients who are enjoying their new smile.
-Dr. Marty Lindahl DDS
Marty W. Lindahl, DDS