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Crown Lengthening Overview


Crown lengthening is a procedure in which gum and/or bone tissue is removed in order to match adjacent front tooth gum/bone heights; to remove excess/unhealthy gum tissue covering enamel; or to achieve sufficient above-the-gum tooth structure (in cases of fracture or advanced decay) to permit crown placement which covers and seals/replaces missing tooth structure.


Periodontal procedures are available to lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line.You may have asked your periodontist about procedures to improve a ‘gummy” smile because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may actually be the proper length, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist performs crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose anatural, broad smile Your dentist or periodontist may also recommend crown lengthening
to make a restorative or dental procedure possible. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone levels to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.