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A fairly common treatment for gum disease or for increasing your smile’s cosmetic appeal is to lengthen your crowns. This treatment removes a small part of the gumline, revealing more of your teeth and reducing the pockets gum disease can cause.

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 gums are inflamed with gingivitis or your teeth extra gummy, Jason M. Peterson, DDS can help. Call our office in Idaho Falls, Idaho, today at 208.524.3400. We are ready to help you in reaching your goals, so call us today so we can set up your appointment with Dr. Jason M. Peterson.