Crown lengthening is a periodontal process for gum restoration that removes the gum tissue or bone to expose the tooth structure more frequently. It can be used for an aesthetic reason, such as reducing the appearance of a plastic grin or for prosthesis, for example, to reveal a more dental color.
Restorative Crown Lengthening
The crown lengthening provides the necessary space to prevent damage to the bone and gum tissue between the supporting bone and the remediation. The area surrounding the defect is treated if the operation is necessary to restore a tooth that has decayed or broken close to the bone.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
For cosmetic procedures, one tooth can be treated to provide an even appearance at the gum line, or what we call the whole smile line can be treated to create a natural smile line. Cosmetic crown lengthening can be done in conjunction with restorative dentistry or by itself as a way to improve the smile. The goal is to lengthen the appropriate teeth and create greater symmetry at the gum line.
Am I A Candidate For Crown Lengthening?
Candidates for crown lengthening are those in good general health, specifically those with healthy gums. Those with a gummy smile, decay or a crack near the gum line are also strong candidates.
Healing time varies from patient to patient depending on the amount of tissue removed during the procedure. When your crown lengthening procedure is completed, you will be given detailed post-operative instructions.
When healing is complete, you may move onto other cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedures. These may include crowns, bridges, or porcelain veneers.
What Are The Benefits of Crown Lengthening?
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.
To learn more about Crown Lengthening please contact Smile Esthetics Scottdale at (480) 867-1727