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Crown lengthening, or a gingivectomy, is a rather common procedure for both cosmetic and periodontal disease treatment. It involves removing and reshaping the gumline on the teeth, either to reveal more teeth or to reduce pockets caused by gingivitis.

Gum shaping is a process used to help gums appear more regular. It is often used to treat encroaching gums, sometimes referred to as a “gummy” smile. If the gums are too high, teeth look shorter than they are. This is why the treatment is often called crown lengthening because the teeth appear longer after the procedure. Whatever you call the treatment or its impetus, gum shaping can help improve your smile.

Gum disease can also be a reason to get your gums reshaped. When advanced, gingivitis can cause separation between the gums and teeth, creating pockets where the bacterial infection can flourish. Contouring the gums reduces the pockets so the bacteria have less space to grow.

If your teeth are overcrowded by your gums or your gums are inflamed with gingivitis, call Eastside Periodontics in Center Line, Michigan, today. Dr. Jack Schwarcz is eager to help you have and amazing smile. Give us a call today at 586-757-5454 to schedule your appointment!