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When there is too much gum tissue covering teeth, it can pose cosmetic or prosthetic problems. Cosmetically, too much gum tissue can create a “gummy” smile, where a large amount of gum tissue is showing when you smile. For certain dental treatments, too much gum tissue can be a factor. Crown lengthening is a procedure that removes gum tissue to expose more of the tooth or crown. Our dental team at First Smile Family Dental offers crown lengthening surgery at our Federal Way, WA dental center.

Cosmetic Crown Lengthening

One of the main reasons patients request crown lengthening is to improve the aesthetics of their smile. Crown lengthening can expose more of the teeth to fix a gummy smile. Another cosmetic reason for removing gum tissue is for placement of cosmetic dental veneers. Too much gum tissue can impact bonding the veneers to the teeth and the appearance of the new smile. Crown lengthening may be suggested as part of a smile makeover with porcelain veneers to make room for the veneers on the outside of the teeth.

Laser Gum Surgery

At First Smile Family Dental, we utilize advanced dental technology for our dental procedures, including crown lengthening. Dr. Nguyen uses a diode laser for performing gum surgery, including crown lengthening procedures. This precision laser can remove gum tissue without using incisions, reducing pain and discomfort for the patient while shortening recovery time. This is a less invasive method of removing gum tissue with fewer risks for the patient.

Crown lengthening can be used for purposes besides cosmetic dentistry. In some cases, gum tissue needs to be removed to access a diseased or damaged area on the tooth or to place a prosthetic device like a dental crown. Whatever the reason for crown lengthening, Dr. Nguyen offers advanced options in performing this procedure at our dental center in Federal Way.

If you live in Auburn, Fife, Des Moines, Kent, or the greater Federal Way area and need crown lengthening to remove gum tissue, contact our team at First Smile Family Dental today to book your appointment. Our clinic accepts most dental insurance plans, and we have in-house financing available.


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  • Susan C.

    I absolutely LOVE Dr. Nguyen! She was kind, compassionate, and exactly what I need in a dentist! She made me feel comfortable right away and genuinely cared about me as a person, AND the health of my teeth!

  • Terry H.

    From the time my husband and I walked in the door to walking out it was absolutely amazing!! The care from the receptionist to the technician to the dentist was without a doubt the most professional caring understanding staff. I am not one who enjoys the dentist but they made it so that I was very relaxed and look forward to going again.

  • Kyle G.

    Top of the line customer service from the front desk to the dental chair. Really happy with not only the doctor, but her assistant and everyone that worked there. The cleaning was expertly done, all photos and decisions were thoughtfully explained and I learned new things about my teeth that I did not know before.

  • Teo T.

    AMAZING! The best dentist I have ever been to! I felt well taken care of. I was greeted right when I walked in. The Center is very clean. Dr. Nguyen and her staff are very nice and they pay attention to detail to make sure you get the best dental care! I would definitely recommend to anyone who needs dental care to come to this place for excellent service.

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