Are You a Candidate for Crown Lengthening? By Byron J Nordhus D.D.S. on August 30, 2018

An illustration of crown lengthening before and after photosThere are many factors that contribute to a beautiful smile: well-aligned, white, symmetrical teeth. But one aspect some patients do not consider is the gum line. The gum tissue should frame the teeth in an attractive manner. Unfortunately, an extended or uneven gum line can detract from your smile.

Dr. Byron J. Nordhus performs the laser gum reshaping procedure to refine the gum line and reveal more of the tooth’s crown. This crown lengthening technique can be performed on patients that feel they have short teeth or a gummy smile. To find out if you are a good candidate for the crown lengthening procedure, contact our Wichita, KS practice today.

Aesthetic Gum Issues

The crown lengthening procedure involves trimming the gum line with a laser to produce a more attractive shape. It requires no stitches and is associated with little to no down time.

The crown lengthening procedure addresses a number of aesthetic gum issues. This procedure might be right for you if you:

  • Have a gummy smile: The teeth can look too small and the gums too noticeable when gum tissue is extended too far down the length of the teeth. A crown lengthening procedure can reduce the gum tissue for a more balanced smile.
  • Have uneven gums: Sometimes the gums recede in different locations. The way you brush your teeth can contribute to this problem. For example, if you brush your teeth harder in one spot than another, you may experience more recession in some areas. Regardless of the reason for an uneven gum line, the condition can make the teeth to appear to be different lengths, affecting the symmetry of the smile.
  • Want a finishing touch on a smile makeover: Patients receiving dental crowns or porcelain veneers frequently undergo gum reshaping as a complement to their procedure. Combined with these procedures, crown lengthening can be an attractive final touch for any smile makeover plan.

Laser Gum Reshaping for Restorative Dentistry

In addition to undergoing a crown lengthening procedure to enhance the appeal of your smile, some patients need this procedure to address oral health problems. If you have an issue with a tooth, such as decay or a fracture, below the gum line, then crown lengthening be necessary. In this way, the gum line is reduced, thereby exposing the compromised portion of the tooth for treatment. Often a crown is needed after the procedure to encircle and fortify the tooth.

General Candidacy Requirements for Laser Crown Lengthening

Suitable candidates for crown lengthening therapy have aesthetic issues with their gums, or health problems that require reducing the gum and exposing the tooth structure. Additionally, patients should be in good enough overall health to undergo this procedure.

Schedule Your Laser Crown Lengthening Appointment Today

During your consultation with Dr. Nordhus, you can learn more about the laser crown lengthening procedure and find out if you are suitable candidate. Get the treatment you need by calling Nordhus Dentistry today at (316) 721-6730 to book your appointment, or schedule an appointment online.

Related to This

​Dr. Byron J. Nordhus

Nordhus Dentistry

Dr. Byron J. Nordhus strives to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care at his Wichita, KS, practice, while treating his patients like family. He uses advanced materials, treatments, and technology to make dental procedures as effective and painless as possible. Affiliations include:

  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (316) 721-6730.

Message Our Team

"Dr. Nordhus and the whole team are simply amazing. Humble, professional, and always a delight to work with. Highly recommend."

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite