Crown Lengthening Procedure

Cosmetic Crown Lengthening

Cosmetic crown lengthening is done to improve a “gummy smile” or to recontour uneven gingival margins. Sometimes teeth appear short, when they are actually the proper size but are covered with excessive gum tissue. This can be corrected by removing excess tissue to expose more of the tooth structure. The tissue can also be reshaped to allow for a more even gum line. The outcome is a more esthetically pleasing, natural-looking smile.

In some cases, reshaping the gum and supporting tissues provides your general dentist with adequate room to place quality final crowns or veneer restorations. Cosmetic crown lengthening is critical and necessary in such cases in order to establish a natural looking smile when the front teeth are too short or uneven in length. Cosmetic crown lengthening can create a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

Clinical Crown Lengthening

Clinical crown lengthening is a procedure designed to expose more of a tooth’s structure so that restorative work — for example, crowns, bridges and veneers — will be structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Clinical crown lengthening helps the restorative dentist save teeth that might otherwise be lost because of decay or fracture. It can also help the restorative dentist create restorations that look as good as they feel and function.
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