Why Do I Need Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is for patients who have discussed with their periodontist the fact that they have a “gummy” smile because their teeth look too short. Your teeth are actually the proper length, but are hidden by too much gum tissue.
Your dentist or periodontist may also advise you to have the crown lengthening procedure to allow for cosmetic or restorative dental procedures. Your tooth may be decayed, has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge, or is broken below the gum line. By adjusting the bone and gum level to expose more of the tooth, crown lengthening makes it possible for the tooth to be restored.
What Is Involved In Crown Lengthening?
While undergoing crown lengthening, your bone and gum tissue is reshaped so your natural tooth is more exposed. This can be done to even your gum line, to one tooth, or to several teeth which will expose a natural smile.
What Are The Benefits Of This Procedure?
Crown lengthening can improve both function and esthetics, and most patients receive the benefits of both. Your smile will be dramatically improved and your periodontal health will strengthen.