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There are a few different reasons why you might need a gingivectomy, more commonly called crown lengthening. This treatment involved recontouring the gum line and can be done to treat a number of things from gum disease to purely cosmetic reasons.

Gum disease can often lead to the need for a gingivectomy. Gingivitis can create “pockets” in the spaces between the teeth and the gums. Bacteria makes these pockets home and irritates your gums further. A crown lengthening can reduce these pockets, making treatment easier.

A “gummy smile” can also be a reason to lengthen the crowns. If the gums climb higher on the teeth than is aesthetically appealing, our dentist can reshape them to reveal more of the teeth. This can sometimes drastically improve the smile’s appearance.

Occasionally a restoration service will require a bit of gum reshaping. Sometimes the gums block access to the teeth that need restoration, so in those cases, our dentist will remove some of the gums so he can access the teeth in question.

Whatever reason you need a gingivectomy for, Fine Periodontics can help. To learn more, or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Norman B. Fine, please call us in Greenville, South Carolina, today.