Eliminate a gummy smile with crown lengthening.
Whether you have a smile that shows too much gum, or you have a tooth that is damaged below the gum line, you may be a candidate for crown lengthening. A surgical procedure performed to expose more tooth structure in order to properly restore a tooth, crown lengthening is most commonly done when a broken tooth or filling extend well below the gum line. The crown lengthening procedure allows us to reach the edge of the restoration, ensuring a proper fit. The tooth becomes easier to clean and less prone to new decay. If the procedure is not done, the deep filling or crown will cause chronic inflammation, redness, and soreness.
In the crown lengthening procedure, the region around the tooth root is exposed and reshaped, the bony shape around the tooth may be reshaped, and then sutures are placed to hold the gum in place. The procedure takes approximately one hour.
Cosmetic Aesthetic Crown Lengthening
Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. We can correct this by performing the periodontal aesthetic plastic procedure, cosmetic crown lengthening.
This is usually done to eliminate excessive displays of gum (gummy smile). It can also help develop proper proportions between the width and height of the teeth. Cosmetic crown lengthening can be done in conjunction with restorative dentistry or by itself as a way to improve the smile.
To learn more about this procedure, call our office at 703-442-0442.