Most people have heard of dental crowns, but not as many are familiar with crown lengthening, a surgical procedure that removes gum tissue to expose more of the tooth. Crown lengthening is performed for both aesthetic or health and safety benefits.
Why Is Crown Lengthening Done?
Crown lengthening (or periodontic surgery) is performed for a variety of reasons. Dr. Krothapalli may suggest the procedure in order to:
If teeth appear to be too short or are covered with gum tissue that makes you less than confident about your appearance, our dentists may suggest crown lengthening to improve the look and feel of your teeth. But the procedure is also done for health-related reasons, such as protecting teeth from decay or eliminating the problems often associated with a poorly-fitted dental crown.
How Crown Lengthening Works
Crown lengthening is a fairly simple process, usually done with only local anesthetic. It involves removing gum tissue and sometimes bone in order to expose more of a tooth's structure, and it can be done on one tooth or several at once.
In cases where a tooth has extreme decay or has broken near the gum line, only one tooth will be lengthened in order to fit a crown. But if excessive gum tissue has made crown lengthening a priority for you in improving your smile, several teeth will be lengthened and the entire gum will be recontoured to unveil a brighter, healthier smile.
Crown Lengthening Benefits
Contact our Tri-Town Family Dental office today to learn more about crown lengthening or click here to request an appointment online!