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.