There are two types of crown lengthening. Aesthetic crown lengthening enhances appearance, whereas functional crown lengthening increases structural integrity.
Aesthetic crown lengthening
Sometimes teeth can appear short. The teeth may actually be the correct lengths, but are covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, our periodontist can perform a crown lengthening procedure.
This involves reshaping excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
Functional crown lengthening
Sometimes your tooth can be decayed below the gum line, broken below the gum line, or have insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.