Crown lengthening is a periodontal procedure that can be performed
for restorative or cosmetic purposes. If you’ve asked your dentist on how to
improve a “gummy” smile, crown lengthening may be the solution. Your teeth may
be the proper length but are covered by too much gum tissue. During crown
lengthening, excess gum tissue is removed and the bone is reshaped to expose
more of the tooth structure resulting in a broader smile.
In restorative cases, crown lengthening is performed when a tooth needs to
be restored and there is not enough naturally exposed tooth structure to support
the procedure. In these cases, the tooth may be broken below the gum line or
have extensive decay lacking the support a crown or a bridge needs. Only after
more of the tooth is exposed, will your periodontist be able to perform a
reinforced restoration. In either case, crown lengthening improves both the look
and functionality of your teeth, giving you a confident smile that lasts.
If you live in or around Tarzana, and you have any questions, contact us or fill out an appointment request
form today to schedule a consultation with one of our periodontists. Our
specialists are experts in evaluating your oral health and will advise you along
the appropriate treatment process.
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