Periodontal Surgery | Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening procedures can help lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line.
Crown lengthening procedures may be required to make other restorative or cosmetic dental work possible. For example, a tooth may be decayed or broken below the gum line; or perhaps there is insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
Crown lengthening may also be utilized to improve a condition known as "gummy smile," where the teeth appear too short. In these cases, the teeth are generally the proper lengths, but they're covered with too much gum tissue.
During this procedure, gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, or to several teeth to even out your gum line and expose a natural, broad smile.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Whether you have crown lengthening to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health - your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.