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You probably know about common cosmetic procedures used to improve the appearance of a smile, such as teeth whitening or applying dental veneers. But did you know that there are treatments for the gums meant to help you smile wider, too? At Fine Periodontics we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

One of the procedures we offer is called crown lengthening. It is sometimes referred to as gum recontouring, and is used to shape the gums. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, gums can grow very high on a tooth. High gums cover more of the teeth than is normal, making them look smaller or shorter than they really are. Many people don’t like the resulting “gummy smile.” Crown lengthening can fix high gum lines.

During a simple procedure, Dr. Norman B. Fine will remove a small amount of excess gum tissue. This reveals more tooth structure, making the visible crown seem longer. There is no change in the tooth, and the gums are kept healthy and able to do their job.

Crown lengthening is also used for noncosmetic reasons. For example, it can be used to remove infected portions of gums, or enable the installation of a dental crown or braces if high gums are interfering. It is a versatile treatment that causes very little discomfort and provides instantly-visible results.

Crown lengthening can help you have the bright, confident smile you’ve always wanted. To learn more about crown lengthening or schedule an appointment with Dr. Norman B. Fine, please call our Greenville, SC, today.