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There are a few different reasons why you might need a gingivectomy, more commonly called crown lengthening. This treatment changes how far the gum line comes up your teeth and can be done to treat a number of things from gum disease to purely cosmetic reasons.

Gum shaping, also known as gingivectomy or crown lengthening, 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.

Gingivitis is often a reason to get a gingivectomy. Advanced gum disease inflames and loosens the gums. This creates pockets between the teeth and the gums where bacteria can grow and flourish. A gingivectomy can reduce the pockets and reduce the spaces for the bacteria to grow.

If your teeth are overcrowded by your gums or your gums are inflamed with gingivitis, call Fox River Periodontics, PC in Geneva, Illinois, today. Dr. Kamy Noruzi is eager to help your smile be amazing.