Periodontal procedures are sometimes necessary in order to lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line.
For example, if your teeth appears short and much of your gum is exposed when you smile, this “gummy smile” can be corrected with a periodontal crown lengthening procedure. Sometime, your teeth may actually have the proper lengths, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist can perform a crown lengthening procedure to expose more of your natural tooth. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to just one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broader smile.
Your dentist or periodontist may also recommend crown lengthening to make a
restorative or cosmetic 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 level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
Whether you have crown lengthening to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health ?your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.