and Kevin G. Murphy & Associates
A healthy, attractive gum line is equally important as the appearance of your teeth. If you have a gummy smile, your pearly whites can be hidden behind too much gum tissue. Maybe your gum line has been damaged by infection? Whether from genetics, poor dental health, or injury, you may be a candidate for crown lengthening in Baltimore. As a periodontist, Dr. Ward and his team have the experience and qualifications you can trust to achieve a beautiful, confident smile.
Crown lengthening is a minimally invasive procedure used to reshape the gum line. Thanks to the latest advancements in dentistry, you don’t have to worry about a scalpel or sutures. Instead, your periodontist will use a soft tissue laser to have the utmost precision. The state-of-the-art laser can resolve a gummy smile, treat periodontal disease, or expose more of your tooth’s surface to achieve your best smile.
Your periodontist in Baltimore may recommend crown lengthening for several reasons, such as before receiving a restoration. If a tooth has broken close to the gum line or decay has compromised too much of the structure, removing gum tissue will create an adequate bonding surface for a restoration.
Crown lengthening can improve the aesthetics of your smile, too. Too much gum tissue can make your teeth look small and stubby. Removing the extra tissue will make them look larger for a big, beautiful smile.
You can also benefit from the procedure if your gum line has been damaged by infection. A soft tissue laser can remove the compromised tissue while killing the bacteria responsible for gum disease.
After your consultation with Dr. Ward, you will be scheduled for your procedure. You don’t have to worry about taking time off from work or a long recovery. A local numbing agent may be used to keep you comfortable, but it isn’t always necessary.
Dr. Ward will use a small device that emits a highly concentrated beam of light energy. It targets the tissue with unmatched accuracy, killing 99% of bacteria to lessen the risk of infection. The laser will cauterize the tissue to reduce the likelihood of bleeding. Since a dental laser is less invasive than a scalpel, there’s minimal pain or inflammation.
It’s normal for your gums to be a little tender for a few days, but you can manage it using an OTC pain reliever. Dr. Ward will recommend skipping any hot, acidic, spicy, or crunchy foods until your gums heal. It’s important to keep your mouth clean and follow your aftercare instructions to ensure there aren’t any delays in your recovery.
If you are ready to invest in your smile, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Benefit from the latest dental technologies with laser crown lengthening. If you have any questions about the procedure, or you are ready to request your consultation, contact our office today.