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