Gummy Smile Treatment in NE Philadelphia & Warminster PA

Why would I need crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is usually performed to improve the health of the gum tissue, prepare the mouth for a procedure, or correct a “gummy smile”. A “gummy smile” is used to describe an instance where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue resulting in a less esthetically pleasing smile.  The procedure involves reshaping or recontouring the gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question to create a new gum-to– tooth relationship. Crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth, or the entire gum line.

Crown lengthening is often required when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration. The edge of that restoration is deep below the gum tissue and not immediately accessible. It is also usually too close to the bone or below the bone.

Crown lengthening allows us to reach the edge of the restoration, ensuring a proper fit to the tooth. It should also provide enough tooth structure so the new restoration will not come loose in the future. This allows you to clean the edge of the restoration when you brush and floss to prevent decay and gum disease.

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About the Crown Lengthening Procedure

Crown lengthening takes approximately one hour but will largely depend on the number of teeth involved and if any amount of bone will need to be removed. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic and involves a series of small incisions around the tissue to separate the gums from the teeth. Even if only one tooth requires the procedure, it will probably be necessary to adjust the surrounding teeth to enable a more even reshaping. In some cases, extraction of a small amount of bone will be necessary as well.

When Dr. Friedman or Dr. Wang are satisfied that the teeth have sufficient exposure and the procedure is completed, the incisions will be cleaned with sterile water. Sutures and a protective bandage are then placed to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. Your teeth will look noticeably longer immediately after surgery because the gums have now been repositioned. You will need to be seen in one or two weeks to remove the sutures and evaluate your healing. The surgical site should be completely healed in approximately two to three months following the procedure.

Superior Periodontal Care in Philadelphia & Warminster, PA.

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Periodontal Services, Ltd.

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Patient Review from Mark M

Dr. Friedman does superb and meticulous work; everyone in the office is friendly, helpful, and on top of their game. I had a dental implant done by Dr. Friedman and it couldn't have gone any better. He provided clear explanations each step of the way, his staff always followed up to check on how I was doing after each procedure, they were knowledgeable about costs and insurance, and their communication was excellent. Dr. Friedman takes a lot of pride in his work and makes sure that everything is done right, a true professional, as well as very personable.

- Mark M

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Patient Review from Selma R

Dr. Friedman is a pro and a helpful periodontist. I have been a patient of Dr. Friedman's for many years, He knows how to improve a "gummy" situation and turns it into a relatively pleasant ordeal. He is courteous and pleasant to interact with at visits. I highly recommend Dr. Jonathan Friedman as a skilled periodontist.

- Selma R

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Patient Review from Laura M

I have been going to this office for years....Dr Arnold Freedman was my first appointment ...what a kind and patient man with a great sense of humor! I was nervous at first but he put me completely at ease. I have also seen Dr Jonathan Freidnan who is also excellent and explains things thoroughly. I cannot say enough about Peggy - she is by far the best person to do your periodontal maintenance - she goes out of her way to make sure you are comfortable and have no pain and she takes her time and has a great personality to boot. Office is staff is terrific and very accommodating.

- Laura M

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Patient Review from Sharon S

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Patient Review from Debbie N

Dr. O'Campo performed my crown lenghthening procedure in July. She explained the procedure step by step and although I was nervous she was very gentle and the procedure was great. Her post procedure care explanations were thorough and her general demeanor and professionalism were very comforting. I referred my father for post oral cancer reconstruction work and would recommend anyone who needed the services of a periodontist.

- Debbie N

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Patient Review from Marsela D

Doctor Friedman is amazing. He is very kind and patient. He and his team were extremely professional and took time to explain every step of the procedure and recovery process. The implant was quick and painless. I am typically a very bad patient and had been recommended to him from my husband who is a general dentist. I would like to thank you for the great experience. If I could give a 10 ⭐ that is what I would have picked. I definitely recommend this practice.

- Marsela D

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Patient Review from Richard L

Would highly recommend this dental office and staff

- Richard L

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Patient Review from ron k

Staff and Dr have followed up with me post procedure several times. I'm very appreciative of the great dental work and thorough approach to dentistry.

- ron k

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Patient Review from Susan P

Dr Friedman is the BEST. I had my first appointment for 2 dental implants. I wasn't sure what to expect but was sure i would be in pain. I'm happy to say i had NO PAIN. The staff is so patient and helpful. I work for the Usps so my schedule has been hectic. I had to reschedule my appointment and the staff was very helpful. I will definitely recommend this office to everyone.

- Susan P

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Patient Review from Nadeen S

Had a wonderful experience with Dr.Friedman. I went in very nervous about my procedure and he was extremely comforting and patient. He went above and beyond to explain to me exactly what he was doing so that I felt comfortable and at ease. You can tell he really cares about his patients. All of the staff was extremely nice and accommodating. I would highly recommend this office and Dr. Friedman.

- Nadeen S

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Patient Review from Hanna K

Dr. Friedman is a master of his craft, one who deeply cares about his patients. I am very fortunate and honored to have him as my Dentist. He is a GREAT guy too:) Thank you Dr. Friedman - you are the best. Very friendly staff, very professional and helpful. Overall a 5-star experience:)

- Hanna K

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Patient Review from colleen c

been a patient since 2016. Crown lengthening - just had the 3rd. highly recommend this practice. Staff is friendly, procedures go smoothly with no side effects. Can easily get appointments around my work schedule. Can't say enough good things!

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Patient Review from Anthony d

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Patient Review from Nancy P

Who would ever say they love their periodontist? Me! Dr. Friedman is wonderful. He is kind and empathetic and does great work.

- Nancy P

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Patient Review from Joe A

This morning was my third implant procedure at Periodontal Services. I cannot recommend anyone more highly that the folks here. The doctors and staff are always pleasant, professional and attentive. From the initial appointment, through extraction, bone grafting and insertion of the implant, everything has always gone smoothly. I hope I never need another implant, but if I do, I will be sure to return to Periodontal Services.

- Joe A

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Patient Review from linda m

staff made me very comfortable and felt no pain, I was dreading coming here and all turned out well. would highly recommend.

- linda m

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Patient Review from Debra C

I was extremely fortunate to go to PERIODONTAL SERVICES, LTD. for a consultation. After going to two other periodontis for consults, Dr. Friedman was my final consult I had scheduled. Within minutes of speaking to him regarding an extremely complex situation I had been dealing with for quite sometime, I knew he was the one to trust to do my extraction, bone grafting and implant. Dr. Friedman is very personable and he was empathetic to all of my concerns. Dr. Jonathan Friedman is very knowledgeable and communicated every detail of my procedures to me in a way that I clearly understood without the need a medical dictionary. I highly recommend Dr. Jonathan Friedman

- Debra C

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Patient Review from Andre A

Highly recommended. Please do yourself a favor and go to these people.

- Andre A

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Patient Review from Brenda J

Every part of my procedure was effortless. The office staff helps you to feel comfortable and at ease over the phone and in person. Dr. J Friedman is an such a caring, friendly individual and is an expert in every sense of the word. The procedure was quick, painless and the healing has been quick. I really love this office, I am so grateful that I found them and for my experience.

- Brenda J

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Patient Review from Alfred T

Friendly, trouble-free implant procedure(s). Impressed (no pun intended) by the modern technology! This was not my first implant, but the first one needed fixing, and Dr. Friedman took care of that. The second one is all his, and has been an easier experience than I had with the first.

- Alfred T

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