Before placing a crown, your general dentist must first prepare your tooth. Sometimes there is not enough tooth structure above the gum line to accept a new crown. “Crown lengthening” provides more tooth structure for your crown. This ensures a more stable crown with less resulting gum irritation.
Procedure: The periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently recontours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural tooth.
Aesthetic Crown Lengthening & Gingival Contouring
Sometimes the teeth appear quite small in relation to the gum tissue. This can create an unattractive “gummy” smile. An uneven gum line can also be distracting.
The gum line, and the bone just beneath the gum line, can be lowered to change the appearance of your smile. This can create a more even gum line or make the teeth appear longer. “Gingival (gum) contouring” is the process of recontouring the gum only. “Crown lengthening” refers to recontouring of both gum and supporting bone.
Procedure: The periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently recontours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural teeth.
Aesthetic Crown Lengthening