What is crown lengthening?
We generally perform crown lengthening to improve the health of the gum tissue or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. In addition, we also use these procedures to correct a “gummy” smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue.
It is a versatile and common procedure that has many effective uses and benefits.
Here are some of the most common reasons for crown lengthening:
Restoration of damaged teeth
Periodontal disease can cause severe damage to the teeth, as can trauma and decay. When teeth are broken or decayed beneath the gum line, we do this procedure to prepare the area for a new restoration
Extra gum tissue can make teeth look unnaturally short and can also increase susceptibility to gum disease. We remove excess gum tissue to restore a balanced, healthy look and improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile.
We use this type of procedure to provide more space between the supporting jawbone and dental crown. This prevents the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone once it is in place.