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Achieve a More Beautiful and Balanced Smile with Crown Lengthening

If you feel self-conscious about a “gummy smile,” crown lengthening can create a more flattering gum line. At our Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico practice, we work with a skilled onsite periodontist, who can use a soft tissue diode laser to remove excess gum tissue. This tool enables us to deliver more precise and more comfortable treatments for outstanding results. When it comes to patient care, Dr. Jose Valenzuela, Jr. and his team are committed to excellence and will do everything they can to ensure your satisfaction.

What is Crown Lengthening?

Your gums should accentuate your teeth rather than serve as the sole focal point of your smile. If your teeth appear wider than they are long because of excess gum tissue, crown lengthening can help to correct disproportionality. During treatment, we can remove excess tissue and reshape the gum line for a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance. No two smiles are alike, so treatment often varies from patient to patient. Some may require crown lengthening on every tooth. Others may only need one or two teeth treated to achieve a balanced smile.

illustration of before and after crown lengthening
Crown lengthening can elongate your teeth for a more proportional appearance.

Am I a Candidate?

Crown lengthening can improve both function and aesthetics, depending on your specific case. You may be a candidate for crown lengthening if you:

  • Have excess gum tissue, resulting in a “gummy smile”
  • Have an uneven gum line due to asymmetry
  • Need a restoration such as a crown or veneer but do not have enough visible tooth structure to support it

During your visit, we can review your unique dental needs to determine if this treatment is right for you.

Your Treatment Process

At your initial consultation, Dr. Valenzuela can measure the height of your gums and identify the areas that need treatment. With your goals in mind, he can design a personalized treatment plan.

When it comes to patient care, Dr. Jose Valenzuela, Jr. and his team are committed to excellence and will do everything they can to ensure your satisfaction.

The Procedure

When it is time for your crown lengthening procedure, our periodontist will first numb your teeth and gums with local anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable. Using a dental laser, we can remove excess gum tissue and expertly sculpt your gum line for a more symmetrical appearance. To preserve the structure of your smile, our periodontist will only remove tissue as needed to help you achieve your goals. We can typically complete this minimally-invasive procedure in under one hour.


Following your appointment, we recommend over-the-counter pain medication to reduce any discomfort or swelling. You should also eat soft foods for the first few days and refrain from eating hard or crunchy items to protect your gums. Recovery typically lasts one week, and we can provide you with more detailed at-home care instructions to ensure your progress smoothly.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are self-conscious about your smile, crown lengthening can help you achieve an appearance you feel proud of. Many patients achieve dramatic results without the need for veneers or other cosmetic treatments. If you are interested in learning more about crown lengthening, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Valenzuela. You can contact us online anytime, or call our office at (866) 937-9066.


Los Algodones Office

1005 2nd St
Los Algodones, BCN 21970

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Los Algodones Office

1005 2nd St
Los Algodones, BCN 21970

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm
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