Crown Lengthening (Functional/Esthetic)

Functional Crown lengthening is required when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration. The edge of that restoration is deep below the gum tissue and not immediately accessible. Typically, it is also too close to the bone or below the bone.

Crown lengthening allows us to reach the edge of the restoration, ensuring a proper fit to the tooth. It will also provide enough tooth structure so that the new restoration will not come loose in the future. This allows you to clean the edge of the restoration when you brush and floss to prevent decay and gum disease.

Esthetic Crown lengthening  is performed to improve the health of gum tissue, prepare the mouth for a procedure, or correct a gummy smile. A gummy smile is used to describe an instance where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue, resulting in a less esthetically-pleasing smile. The procedure involves reshaping, or re-contouring, the gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship. Crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth, or an entire gum line.