Crown lengthening is a procedure that exposes more of the tooth structure by removing excess tissue and/or bone to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship. This procedure is usually performed to improve a “gummy smile” or to prepare a tooth for a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth, or all of the teeth.
Crown lengthening is often required when a tooth needs a new crown or bridge.
The main reason to preform crown lengthening in this situation is to expose more tooth structure on which the crown can be attached. This will help prevent loosening of the crown in the future. Also, crown lengthening will make sure that the margin of the crown is far enough away from the bone surrounding the tooth, which will help to prevent any inflammation or irritation in the future.
When crown lengthening is done to correct a “gummy smile”, it’s considered to be a cosmetic periodontal surgery. Excess tissue and sometimes bone is removed to allow for the ideal amount of tooth to be exposed, leaving a very ideal and aesthetic result.
Crown lengthening procedures vary in length depending on the number of teeth that require treatment. The procedure involves some very small incisions and may be done utilizing a laser or microsurgery techniques. Healing after crown lengthening can vary, but depending on the situation, restorative work can be started as soon as six weeks post-surgery.
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