Used in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, crown lengthening can improve the appearance of a patient’s smile along with providing enough surface area for the placement of restorations such as crowns and porcelain veneers. Our experienced periodontist offers this service for a variety of reasons.
What is crown lengthening exactly?
This procedure is often used to correct the appearance of gummy smiles. In some cases, patients develop excessive gingival tissue that can be removed without affecting the support of teeth. Crown lengthening involves removing gum tissue to elongate the crown of a tooth or crowns of a series of teeth. Referring to the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line, crown lengthening essentially provides more surface area, which improves the esthetics of a smile and can offer your dentist accessibility to more of the tooth for restorative dental work.
What are the benefits of crown lengthening?
When it comes to cosmetically enhancing a smile, crown lengthening promotes a natural looking smile that reveals more of a tooth without affecting its support structure. By gently removing excess gum tissue, the appearance of a gummy smile is greatly reduced. When conducting this procedure, our periodontist will take into account the unique features of a patient’s face and smile to provide a customized enhancement.
In addition to cosmetic benefits, exposing more of the tooth helps anchor cosmetic enhancements and restorations. With more surface area exposed, your dentist can properly place porcelain veneers to conceal imperfections such as chips and stains and anchor restorations such as a crown or bridge to the tooth.
If I’m interested in crown lengthening, what should I do next?
If your dentist has recommended crown lengthening or if you would like to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our periodontist. At your consultation, our team will determine if this procedure is right for your unique situation. We are currently accepting new patients.
To schedule your appointment, call ROOT Periodontal & Implant Center today.