Crown Lengthening

There are two situations in which this procedure is performed.

The first is for functional reasons.  If your tooth is decayed or fractured below the gumline, we may have to remove some bone and gum tissue so that adequate tooth structure is exposed.  This enables your general dentist to create a sound restoration.

The second is for cosmetic reasons. Teeth that appear too short are often regular length, but are covered by too much gum tissue. To correct this, we can perform a procedure called esthetic crown lengthening in which we remove bone and gum tissue to expose the teeth further.

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one or more teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.  Most patients experience minimal discomfort after this procedure.