Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that recontours the gum tissue and often the underlying bone surrounding one or more teeth so that an adequate amount of healthy tooth is exposed. Crown lengthening is often used as part of a treatment plan for a tooth that is to be fitted with a crown. This procedure provides the necessary space between the supporting bone and crown, preventing the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone.
Your dentist or periodontist may also recommend crown lengthening in order to make a restorative procedure possible. If a tooth is badly worn, decayed or fractured below the gum line, crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone levels to gain access to more of the tooth so it can be restored.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Functional crown lengthening is an important part of an integrated effort to optimize your health, appearance, comfort and function. A beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health are your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.
During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are 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 a natural, broad 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 levels to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.*
Crown lengthening can not only improve your overall oral health, it can improve your smile as well. Take a look at the dramatic results some of our patients have achieved through the skill and dedication of Dr. Jan Cornelius and the staff at the Dental Implant Center.
This patient had a very uneven smile.
Crown lengthening has improved her smile’s proportion.
This patient showed too much gum when smiling.
Crown lengthening allowed for a better, more toothy smile.
This patient had a “frown line” to her smile.
Crown lengthening gave her white in the corners of her smile.
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* The American Academy of Periodontology