Periodontal procedures are available to lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. Do you feel your teeth look too short and your smile is too gummy or your gums cover too much of some teeth while leaving the others the right length? Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist performs crown lengthening. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
Whether you have crown lengthening to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.
This patient required a crown to protect a cracked tooth. However, the tooth was too short for the crown to fit. A crown lengthening allowed more tooth structure to be made available for the crown
Decay was inaccessible on the back of these front teeth. Crown lengthening provided room for new restorations: