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Crown Lengthening

Enhance Your Smile with Precision Crown Lengthening

Elevate the aesthetics and health of your smile with the Crown Lengthening services at Vlass and Merritt Dental Care, where over 30 years of dental expertise meets meticulous care. Located in Roswell, GA, our skilled team specializes in reshaping gum tissue and bone to expose more of your natural tooth, crafting a more balanced and radiant smile. Whether preparing for restorative procedures or seeking cosmetic enhancement, trust us to deliver exceptional results with a gentle touch.

Precision Gum Reshaping

We specialize in precision gum reshaping techniques to address issues such as a gummy smile or uneven gum line. Using advanced technology & meticulous attention to detail, our experienced practitioners carefully sculpt the gum tissue to reveal more of the natural tooth structure, achieving a beautifully proportioned smile.

Functional and Aesthetic Benefits

In addition to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your smile, crown lengthening can also have functional benefits. By exposing more of the tooth surface, this procedure may facilitate the placement of dental restorations such as crowns or veneers, improving their longevity and stability for optimal oral health and function.

Personalized Treatment Approach

We understand that every patient is unique, which is why we take a personalized approach to crown lengthening. During your consultation, we will carefully evaluate your dental needs and aesthetic goals to develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific circumstances, ensuring optimal results and patient satisfaction.

Transform Your Smile with Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a specialized dental procedure offered at Vlass & Merritt Dental Care to enhance the appearance and health of your smile. Our expert team utilizes advanced techniques to reshape the gum line and expose more of the tooth surface, creating a harmonious balance and improving the overall aesthetics of your smile.

Crown Lengthening FAQ's

Crown lengthening is a surgical dental procedure designed to expose more of the tooth’s surface by reshaping or removing gum tissue and bone surrounding the tooth. It is commonly performed to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the teeth, create a more symmetrical gum line, or facilitate the placement of dental restorations such as crowns or veneers.

Crown lengthening may be recommended for various reasons, including teeth with excessive gum tissue covering the tooth structure (gummy smile), teeth that appear short or disproportionate due to overgrown gums, teeth with decay or fractures below the gum line requiring restoration, or teeth that need adequate tooth structure exposed to support a dental crown or veneer.

Crown lengthening is typically performed under local anesthesia to numb the area. The dentist or periodontist makes small incisions in the gum tissue to access the tooth’s root and underlying bone. They then remove or reshape the excess gum tissue and bone to expose more of the tooth’s surface. Once the desired amount of tooth structure is visible, the area is cleaned and sutured, and a protective dressing may be applied.

While crown lengthening is a surgical procedure, it is performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort during the treatment. After the procedure, some mild discomfort, swelling, and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures may occur, but these symptoms are usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medications and resolve within a few days to a week.

The recovery time for crown lengthening varies depending on the extent of the procedure and individual healing factors. Most patients can expect some swelling and discomfort for the first few days following the procedure. It’s essential to follow post-operative instructions provided by your dentist, including proper oral hygiene practices and avoiding hard or crunchy foods until the area has fully healed. Full recovery typically takes a few weeks.

Read Our 5-Star Ratings

We are new patients to the practice and have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Joseph Merritt. Dr. Merritt is currently treating my mom who is 90 years old and helping her with some aging gum and teeth issues. The technology that Dr. MERRITT has introduced us to has been absolutely incredible but with technology comes questions. Dr. MERRITT took the time to explain everything to us, step-by-step and answered each and every question. He took his time and made sure Mom understood what he was recommending and why. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and caring approach to each conversation. We just returned from our second visit and again can report another great experience and the communication with the practice has been excellent. Kim coordinated all the transfer of mom’s dental records within an hour, so our visits have been very thorough. Did I mention the amazing technology? It is worth repeating. I am so relieved my mom is in excellent hands and we will be returning to continue the treatments Dr. MERRITT has recommended.
Dr. Vlass is my dentist even though I drive 1.5 hours to his office. I trust his judgment and he does a terrific job with my teeth. As I am advanced in years, and he has had to deal with some sensitive conditions in my mouth with outstanding results. I highly recommend their practice.
Have you ever thought you would take the time to give a dentist a review...let alone 5 stars? Well, me neither, until now. My business is all about relationships, so I pay attention when someone else values and understands that relationships are everything too. Joey Merritt, not only gets it, he embraces it. His actions and professionalism forced me to leave a dental practice that my entire family was immensely happy with when one emergency issue was treated with immediate concern at the expense of his personal time. Prior to Joey meeting me in a bad moment, the only thing we knew about each other was that my wife played tennis with his mom. What I learned after that about him was more than enough to immediately come home and tell my family that we had a new friend and dentist for life. True story.
I LOVE Dr. Merritt! He's so kind and compassionate. He's an incredible dentist! His staff is also on the same level. I've been going there for years. I first saw Dr. Vlass, then Dr. Merritt when he joined the practice. I can't recommend them enough!!
I feel that the staff listens to my concerns when I call and they try to schedule me as soon as possible. When I am seen I am confident of their care of my teeth and dental concerns. The staff is very professional! I have been seen by Dr Vlass and Dr Merritt and both are very caring and exceptional dentists. This is an outstanding dental practice! I love my dentists!!

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Barry L. Vlass, DMD

Dr. Barry Vlass graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in biology in 1976. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) in 1981.

He began practicing dentistry in Roswell in 1981. Dr. Vlass has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry due to his sincere commitment to continuing education and providing his patients with the latest technology in the field of dentistry.

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Joseph Merritt, DMD

Dr. Joseph Merritt grew up and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., and he is a proud alumnus of Roswell High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

The driving force of Dr. Merritt’s career is his calling to serve others locally and in communities with limited access to dental care. He has volunteered on multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica. Dr. Merritt also volunteered at a Free Day of Dentistry several years in a row in Savannah, Ga., where he started his career in dentistry.

Dr. Merritt specializes in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and extensively trained in dental implants.

Outside of the office, Dr. Merritt enjoys golfing, working out, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends — especially with his wife Kellie, daughter Lenny, and dog Lady. Anytime you want to talk about Georgia sports… he’s your guy!

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