Smile Enhancement

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Crown Lengthening

How It Works

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure done to remove excess bone and gum tissue to clear the way for the placement of a dental crown.

Crown lengthening to save and restore a tooth that might otherwise be lost. Your bone and gum tissue will be expertly reshaped to create a secure anchor for a restorative crown to be placed.

What to Expect

Before starting the crown lengthening procedure, you will undergo a comprehensive examination to determine the level of bone and gum surrounding the affected tooth. Dr. Molina will gently re-sculpt the gum and, if needed, the underlying bone around the tooth. Only the tissue that is in the immediate area surrounding the tooth will be treated, so there is no risk to the neighboring teeth.



Crown lengthening can help restore damaged teeth. By exposing more of the tooth, the crown lengthening procedure provides a stable base for the final restorative crown and eliminates pain, irritation and bleeding. 

It is especially useful in cases where the gum extends too far down the length of the teeth, causing them to appear unnaturally short. Removal of excess gum tissue can restore, improve your smile and protect you from periodontal disease.

Tooth Exposure for Orthodontics

Impacted teeth are when teeth fail to break through the gum or properly descend into their proper position. The canine (upper eye tooth) is the second most common tooth to be impacted; since these teeth play an important part in proper bite alignment, our doctors will work closely with an orthodontist to get the tooth to the proper place.

Tooth exposure includes gently removing the covering gum tissue and exposing the crown in order for the orthodontist to place a bracket on the tooth for the orthodontic procedure.

We make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. With the help of your orthodontist an impacted tooth can be brought to the ideal position after surgery.

Gingival Grafting

How It Works

Gum recession is a condition ithe gum tissue surrounding the teeth recedes, exposing the tooth roots. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including severe periodontitis, abnormal bite alignment, teeth grinding, overzealous brushing or flossing, tobacco use, trauma to the teeth, poor oral hygiene, previous orthodontic treatment, and even genetics.

Gingival grafting is a surgical procedure that aims to correct gum recession by transplanting healthy tissue to the affected area. This procedure can be used to correct existing gum recession or to thicken fragile, thin gum tissue. By transplanting healthy tissue, the gingival grafting procedure can help to improve the overall appearance and health of the gums, promoting a more attractive and functional smile.


What to Expect

Gum tissue for a graft is either obtained from your palate or procured from a human tissue bank. For palate grafts, our doctors retrieve tissue from the palate of your mouth and then seal the donor site completely.

Our doctors use special surgical “tunneling” techniques to create a pouch for the placement of the graft material. This method minimizes the amount of incisions needed, which results in less bleeding and swelling. The gums are then pulled up and over the top of the grafted tissue and secured there, forming a new gum line. This technique is very reliable and looks very natural because it is your own tissue.

Your comfort is always a top priority for our entire team. We use local anesthesia when performing a gum grafting procedure. We also offer oral sedation for patients who request this.


Restoring your gums provides an effective seal and natural defense against bacteria on the tooth roots and jawbone. It can rid any heat and cold sensitivity in the teeth. Correcting your gums also protects your tooth roots from fracturing or becoming loose. Grafting can also help strengthen thin gums. This helps to support a tooth properly and prevent gum recession and bone loss.

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