What To Do If You Have Excessive Gums


Do you have what people call a “gummy” smile? Are your gums a little out of proportion with your teeth because they’re thick and pronounced? If so and you live near Rochester or Webster, NY, you might want to think of crown lengthening as an aesthetic alternative to rebalance your smile.

While excessive gums are not a problem on their own, many patients seek out cosmetic periodontal procedures for emotional and personal reasons. This procedure takes an experienced periodontist like Dr. Blieden to perform, because it involves increasing the amount of visible tooth area to create more visual balance in a patient’s smile. 

Non-Cosmetic Reasons for the Procedure

Excessive gums can also affect the health of a patient, particularly when that patient is having a problem like a cavity or an abscess. When the tooth above the gum line is not adequate, routine dental repair is very difficult, and crown lengthening is needed before a filling or crown can be used to stop the advance of decay.

Patients who preemptively have crown lengthening done for cosmetic reasons can also rest assured that they will not have to worry about this kind of issue arising if they do have cavities in the future. If you need it done to one tooth for a medical reason, consider having it done to your whole mouth to make sure you are taken care of in the future.

 Cosmetic Reasons for the Procedure

  • Better tooth to gum ratio
  • More visible whites to teeth making the smile shine

The crown lengthening procedure can also be useful for broken teeth that need to be repaired. Individual patient cases vary, and Dr. Blieden needs to assess each patient individually for surgery. 

If you’re interested in learning more about whether you’re a crown lengthening nominee in Rochester and Webster, NY, call our office during normal business hours for a consultation appointment, or schedule an online appointment. Our associates are standing by for your call.

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