One of the most common types of gum treatments today is referred to as crown lengthening. This dental procedure involves exposing more tooth structure by the removal of gum tissue and sometimes the underlying bone around a tooth. It should be preformed for not only for cosmetic reason but for functional reasons as well.
Crown lengthening can be used to help a patients “gummy” smile. In this case a patients teeth appear too short because of tissue covering the teeth. Once this tissue is removed, the full underlying tooth is exposed and now the proper amount of teeth are displayed. Sometimes the gum tissue is just uneven making the teeth look different. The dentist is able to correct this to give you an even symmetrical smile.
There are times when teeth are broken, worn or damaged so much that little tooth structure is left. In these cases the crown lengthening procedure must be used to remove gum tissue and bone to expose enough tooth structure to hold a crown restoration.
If it is a large crown lengthening case involveing multiple teeth some time a periodontist is called into assist the dentist. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease of tissue that supports and surround teeth.
Dianna wanted the gap in her front teeth closed. Dr Martin suggested raising the gum tissue with the crown lengthening procedure. Read more and view photos →