Are you concerned that too much gum tissue is giving you an unattractive smile? Known as a “gummy” smile, an excess of gum tissue that covers over the teeth can cause them to appear short and small. If you are embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, you can benefit from soft tissue recontouring! Used for both aesthetic and functional purposes, soft tissue recontouring (or crown lengthening) removes the excess of gum tissue from around the tooth crowns to return a healthy tooth-to-gum ratio. Dr. Carl Medgaus has been practicing cosmetic dentistry for over three decades and is highly skilled in the artistry and technicality of soft tissue recontouring to restore natural beauty to your smile. He has trained multiple times under Dr. Edward Allen, a leader in periodontics, on soft tissue treatment that restores proper aesthetics and function to the gums and teeth. In just one crown lengthening appointment, he can transform your “gummy” smile into one you will be thrilled to call your own!
Our patients benefit from both the aesthetic and functional improvements afforded through soft tissue recontouring procedures. For functional purposes, soft tissue recontouring removes gum tissue to gain access to decay or fractures beneath, or to create space for a restoration like a dental crown to be attached. Exposing more of the tooth crown also makes hygiene easier, decreasing the risk for decay or infection. Aesthetically, soft tissue recontouring reverses the effects of a “gummy” smile. By contouring the gum tissue to arch more symmetrically, crown lengthening creates a more harmonious tooth-to-gum ratio and a more natural appearance when you smile!