Gummy Smile

Crowning lengthening and shortening are some of the tools Stoner Periodontics uses to enhance your smile. A smile is a very important part of a person – it displays confidence and beauty.  Most of the time, we think about our teeth-shape, color or length-when we are talking about a smile.  The gums, however, are a very important part of a smile as well.  If you show too much gum when you smile it will make your teeth appear small, or give you the appearance of a long face, so the proportions are not correct.  For these reasons, some people hide their “confidence and beauty”.

If you are concerned about the amount of gum that you show, or the size and shape of your teeth, we have good news for you!  Our crown lengthening and shortening procedures are painless solutions for developing the smile of your dreams.  These procedures are usually quick and easy, and provide immediate results.  Please browse through our before and after pictures below to see if these easy treatment options may be for you.

Esthetic Smile Enhancement

Excessive gums, more commonly termed the “gummy smile”, can be simply, quickly and comfortably corrected using LASER therapy. Healing is usually complete in just a few days, and no adjustment to activity level or diet is necessary.


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Crown Lengthening

Your dentist may refer you to see Stoner Periodontic Specialists for a crown lengthening procedure. Usually this procedure is needed if there is extreme excess gum present or if the tooth is decayed, broken below the gumline or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration or crown. During the crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. Sutures are placed to replace the gingival tissue around the tooth and a band aid material is placed around the tooth to allow the gingival tissue to heal correctly. A period of about 4-6 weeks is needed to allow for complete healing to occur before the new restoration or crown is placed.


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Crown Shortening


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