When Crown Lengthening is Used

Some periodontal procedures are used to aid in the foundation for restorative and cosmetic dentistry to enhance the health and esthetics of your smile.

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that removes excess gum tissue, exposing more of the “crown” of the tooth. The gum line and bone tissue are then sculpted to create the right proportion between the gum tissue and tooth surface.

This procedure is often completed as part of a treatment plan for a tooth that is in need of a crown. It allows for the necessary space between the supporting bone and crown to help prevent the new crown from damaging the gum tissues and bone.

Other times crown lengthening could be recommended if a tooth is badly worn, decayed, or fractured below the gum line. In this situation, the crown lengthening alters the gum and bone levels to expand contact to more of the tooth so it can be restored.

Some patients complain of a “gummy smile” or excessive gingival display because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may not be short, but actually covered with too much gum tissue. Crown lengthening can be done in these circumstances to help improve the cosmetics of your smile. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped in order to expose more of the natural tooth. We want to help you feel more confident in your smile!