Crown Lengthening Surgery

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The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gumline. Crown lengthening is conducted to expose more tooth structure before performing another restorative dental procedure, such as a crown or bridge. The procedure involves removing soft tissue and sometimes bone to increase the amount of tooth that is visible. Due to extensive decay or inadequate tooth structure, more of the crown of the tooth needs to be exposed to allow for proper seating and retention of the restorative treatment. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line prevents the restoration from impinging on the gums and damaging the underlying bone.

 

Some patients request crown lengthening for cosmetic purposes. Crown lengthening can improve a gummy smile. This term may be used when teeth appear short, because of excess gum tissue. Every smile is different, and chances are your teeth are the proper length. However, a smile you feel confident about is important and Dr. Amin will gladly discuss this option with all you.

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