Crown Lengthening

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Crown lengthening, a surgical procedure performed to expose more of the natural tooth by reshaping or recontouring bone and gum tissue, is recommended for a variety of reasons including:

  1. Restoration of damaged teeth – when a tooth is decayed or broken beneath the gum line, crown lengthening is performed to expose more tooth structure so that a properly fitting restoration/crown can be placed.
  2. Esthetics – “gummy” smiles with short teeth can be corrected using crown lengthening, resulting in more proportioned teeth and a balanced smile.  Every patient wants that “Hollywood” smile, and the gingival architecture provides the FRAMEWORK for that smile!  If your dentist is planning crowns, a bridge, or veneers on your upper front teeth, consult with our office to get the best smile that you deserve!

Case #1

Fig. 1 – The teeth are unproportional due to the uneven gum line.

Fig. 2 – Following removal of the crowns, it is apparent there is inadequate exposed tooth structure for proper retention of the crowns.

Fig. 3 –  Following crown lengthening, note increased tooth exposure for adequate crown retention.

Fig. 4 – With delivery of the final crowns, it is now apparent that tooth proportions are more pleasing/esthetic due to crown lengthening.

Case #2

Significant improvement in gingival contours/height just 6 weeks after surgery!

Case #3