To repair your tooth, your dentist might need to expose more of it. Alternatively, you might seek crown lengthening to treat ‘gummy smile’ if your gums are visible above the teeth when you smile.
Crown lengthening is done using a local anaesthetic, and your dentist will make cuts to remove your gums away from the teeth. Once your dentist has exposed enough teeth, the surgical area will be sterilised. Then, the opening in your gums will be stitched and closed.
Your dentist will educate you about the specifics of your recovery. It should take about three months for your gums to heal. However, physically demanding activities can alter your healing time and cause bleeding.
To ease your recovery, you might be advised to eat a soft diet and avoid alcohol and smoking.